Osun state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has called on electorate in the state to prevent political parties and candidates that are notorious for bad governance and backwardness from ruling the state.
Aregbesola gave this charge on Monday in Ibadan while declaring open a three day workshop organised for stakeholders on the conduct of peaceful gubernatorial elections in Osun by the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP in conjunction with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The governor asked the voters not to vote for parties that would case them retrogression.
Speaking further at the workshop, which had traditional rulers, religious leaders, political leaders, security organisations, civil society organisations as participant, Aregbesola emphasized that traditional rulers have a huge role to play in ensuring that elections are peaceful in their various domains.
He commended the UNDP for rising up to its social responsibility of taking steps through the organization of series of workshops for various stakeholders aimed at ensuring that the coming gubernatorial elections in the state is free and fair.
Aregbesola said: “I want to say that traditional rulers have a stake in good governance in their various domains, and maintaining the security. When these two things are in place, it automatically translates to peace and development.
“For instance, before the advent of our administration, people used to live in fear, because Osun was so insecure that people sleep with one eye closed.
“This is why it is very important that candidates and parties notorious for bad governance and retrogression should not be given a chance to rule the state again.
“Traditional rulers and civil society organisations have a significant role to play at ensuring that we have a peaceful election, we must all do away with things that negates the principles of free and fair elections if we want to move forward as a people.”
While welcoming participants to the workshop, representative of the Country Director of the UNDP, Professor Mathew Alao said the peaceful conduct of the September 22 governorship election is very important because it will serve as an indicator to what will be expected in the general elections in 2019.
Professor Alao stated that through free and fair elections, electorates will be able to vote for candidates of their choice whom they must have chosen through their programmes and manifesto.
According to him, “The UNDP is determined to ensure a peaceful election in Osun for several reasons. First and foremost, peaceful elections promote peaceful co-existence and build accountable institutions for the society.
“The 2019 general election is also around the corner and whatever happens in Osun on September 22 will have a great impact in the general election, so we want to ensure that we get everything right in Osun.