Stop treating election as war – Adeleke

From John Dike, Osogbo

Osun state Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has condemned several incidents of political violence in the state, declaring that “election is about choice making, not war”

Speaking while receiving political leaders on Wednesday, who came to congratulate him on the electoral successes recorded by his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), during last Saturday’s House of Assembly election, Adeleke said acts of thuggery and violence are against the spirit of democracy which envisages choice making through the ballot.

While commending the concerted efforts of the security agencies, he decried shedding of innocent blood for any reason.

The Governor said: “My election as Governor on July 16, 2022 has been reaffirmed and revalidated by mass victories for me and my party on February 25 and March 18 of this year. The whole world can attest to the fact that our mandate is of the people, by the people and for the people.

“Elected people hold power in trust for the people. We must therefore bow to people’s will. When you fail in a poll, go back and prepare for the next round of election. That is democracy in action. We must eschew violence. It is unacceptable to kill and maim people you are seeking to govern.

“As we celebrate the successes of the poll, we are also sympathising with victims of political violence across the state. We are saddened by deliberate acts of thuggery in some parts of the state. I will repeat here that election is not war but choice making.”

He, however, called on residents of the state to get back to work, adding that it is time to focus on the urgent task of building a better Osun state.

“Now is the time to support the government’s efforts to address our developmental challenges. We need all hands on deck to improve the growth of the various sectors of the society,” he emphasized.

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