By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has warned opposition parties against violence ahead of July 16 governorship election in the state.
Oyetola said that his administration will no longer tolerate the repeat of attack on journalists as well his supporters by an opposition party during his campaign in Gbongan town on Monday.
The governor said this during a meeting organised by Osun Civic Engagement Office with members of Nigeria Professional Photographers and Videographers Association Osun Chapter.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the governor urged the opposition parties to play the game of politics according to the rule of the game.
“I want to say this, very important, I want the opposition parties to please play the game according to the rules.
” I don’t want any violence in Osun. We are a peace loving state. We are seen to be one of the most peaceful state in Nigeria.
“I don’t want anything that will affect the peace of our state. Do your campaign as expected. The incident in Gbongan will never be tolerated again.
“We’ve been going about doing our campaigns peacefully. I expect the opposition parties to emulate our peaceful campaign across the state.
“There must be no reason for any violence when it comes to campaign or the election itself”, he said.
Oyetola, however, said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is fully prepared to win the election, adding that APC is the party to beat.
The governor, who noted that his administration would not relent in giving the best to the masses, said many undeniable work had been done in the last three and half years to move the state forward.
The governor said that his administration has embarked on socioeconomic and infrastructure development of the state through remarkable impacts in people-oriented governance agenda.
Oyetola said that this has encouraged him towards building an enduring economy, where people’s wellbeing and pursuit of happiness would become the hallmark of development.
He said, ” In every polity, there exists an inextricable link between economic sustenance and human capacity development.
“This is why no responsible government can sit idle without engaging its people productively in all forms of commercial and industrial activities.
“And this because human resource remains the hub around which sustainable development can be fostered.
“I sincerely appreciate the people of the state for their support for us in the state, but you need to show more of this support in the coming election.”
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