From Sade Adewale, Jimoh Ahmed, & Kayode Olabanji
Religious leaders have called on voters and politicians alike to eschew violence and thuggery as the Governorship election holds in Ondo State on October 10.
They appealed to the voters, particularly, not to do anything that runs foul of the electoral laws on the election day.
Religious leaders who spoke with The Hope across the state said selling of votes is electoral slavery, while urging the good people of the state against selling their vote, no matter condition.
The Chairman, Ondo State League of Imams and Alfas, Sheikh Ahmad Aladesawe enjoined voters to shun violence, especially on the day and after the election.
Sheik Aladesawe who is also the Chief Imam of Owo advised the electorates to cast their votes on the election day and go to their various homes peacefully while they expect the declaration of the result by the electoral umpire, INEC.
The Chief Imam also advised voters against selling their votes as it is against the electoral laws and also hinders genuine democracy.
Also, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo state, Pastor Peter Akinyelure urged electorates to shun violence, before, during and after the forthcoming ondo State gubernatorial election slated for October 10, 2020
He said; “election is a continuous process, it should not be a do-or-die affair, It is also turn by turn, one may lose today and win tomorrow. The electorates should therefore be calm and maintain peace, anyone that emerge as the winner will be to the glory of God,” he said.
“God so good, all the 17 candidates are Ondo State indigenes, and I believe we all have the mission to develop our Sunshine State, violence does not pay, it can only ruin someone’s life,” he emphasised.
The General Secretary of Holy Cross Church of Cherubim and Seraphim, Mr. Taye Akinkoye, advised electorates to vote for the candidate of their choice without any cause for alarm, adding that prayer is the master key”.
Let us commit the election day to God almighty to take perfect control which I believe He will do”. Akinkoye admonished.
He therefore enjoined youths not to engage in the act or be allowed to be used as thugs by politicians while also calling on parent and guardians not to allow their wards and children to be used as thugs during the election.
The Chief Imam of Al-Adabby Central Mosque, Owo, Sheikh Yunus Anola in his condemnation of violence, appealed to the people to eschew violence on October 10 as the people of the State go to the polls to elect who will govern them in the next four years.
Sheikh Anola who said violence is an hill wind which blows nobody any good, reminded the people that violent act at this period in the state will throw the sunshine state into further darkness and infrastructural decay.
Speaking in the same vein, the Vicar of Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Edo, Ikare Akoko, Reverend Cannon Isaac Awowole cautioned voters against selling their votes as it amounts to selling their rights.
Reverend Cannon Awowole said selliy of votes is against all religions’ principle.