Yoruba Leaders Say Election Must Hold As Rescheduled

yoruba leadersYoruba leaders in south-west Nigeria have stressed the need for the rescheduled elections to hold without any delay on March 28 and April 11, expressing their commitment to a smooth transition and purposeful leadership.

After an extensive summit at the historic parliament building in Ibadan on Thursday, it was concluded that no excuse would be entertained for any shift of the date, as it could be a recipe for disaster.

In his address at the Pan Yoruba Summit that, the convener of the conference, General Alani Akinrinade (Rtd), said the summit was necessary because the current leadership had made Yorubas “victims of arrested development, with significant retrogression which must be stopped”.

He expressed hopes that the meeting would arrive at a common narrative that would outline the demand of the Yorubas for development in an emerging Nigeria, with purpose driven goals for regional and national progress.

Retrogressive Measures Of The Government

The Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who hosted the event, condemned recent violent protest involving OPC in Lagos. He lamented what he called a state of servitude of his people which made it possible to turn them against one another .

Governor Ajimobi further said that despite the rich historical repertoire of the Yorubas and its contribution to national development, the region had suffered a great deal in the last 16 years of democracy.

The convergence of eminent Sons and Daughters of the Yoruba race at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Buildings Secretariat in Ibadan was called by the Yoruba elders to urgently address issues affecting the growth and unity of the race.

It was an avenue for the Yoruba leaders to register their displeasure with the retrogressive measures of the government at the centre to the south-west and by extension all Yoruba kits and kins across the world.

In a communique signed by the convener at the end of the summit, the elders agreed unequivocally that; elections must hold as scheduled, states must be allowed to grow and prosper at their pace while an end must be put to alienation and repression of the race.

Elections: Steer Clear Of Oyo State, CP Warns Trouble Makers

oyo stateThe new Commissioner of Police in charge of Oyo State Command, Mr. Muhammed Musa Katsina, has warned candidates in the forthcoming election and their supporters against acts and statements capable of inciting violence.

The commissioner gave the warning during a familiarization visit to the Governor of the State, Mr Abiola Ajimobi, at the Governor’s Office, in Ibadan, on Monday.

Katsina replaced Mr. Kola Sodipo, who was recently deployed out of Oyo State.

He warned that no politician is too big to be brought to justice, adding that the command would not spare any effort at ensuring the sustenance of the pervading peace and security across the State.

Katsina, who applauded the prevailing peace and political maturity of the governor, admonished parents and guardians to warn their children and wards against being used to forment trouble before, during and after the forthcoming elections.

In his response, the governor acknowledged that the police had been playing a huge role in the maintenance of peace and security in Oyo State, especially through their contributions to the State Security Outfit, Codenamed ‘Operation Burst’.

Ajimobi expressed optimism that the new police chief and his officers have the capability to suppress any uprising of violence that might arise during the electioneering and promised all necessary government assistance.