GOVERNOR Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has called on Osun eligible voters to come out on Saturday to perform their civic responsibility in the Local Government election, without let or hindrances.
This was just as the state government declared Thursday and Friday, January 25 and 26, 2018 as a public holiday to enable residents to prepare and participate in the election scheduled to hold on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The Governor said this in a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr. Sola. Fasure, and made available to journalists in Osogbo. According to Aregbesola, the election must reflect the people’s determination and hope to elect good, credible and trustworthy leaders and representatives with the mandate to steer the affairs at the grassroots.
He urged residents to conduct themselves in an orderly and lawful manner that will project the best of the Omoluabi persona at the polls. The governor said: “Against all odds, this election would be conducted into 389 wards in the State of Osun. I am therefore calling on all eligible voters in the state to enthusiastically come out to perform their civic duties without let or hindrance in electing credible and trustworthy representatives.
“The local government system is a critical level of administration that brings the government closest to the people. The election holding on Saturday is a springboard for advancing the cause of broad-based, all-inclusive governance at the grassroots that will politically empower the people and provide the platform for accelerated development. “So, as we go to the poll on Saturday, residents are charged to shun politicians with the penchant for violence and brigandage and they (voters) must conduct themselves in an orderly and lawful manner and project the best of the Omoluabi persona at the polls.”
“Our focus should be on entrenching democracy at its best-known tradition through the election of those who have well represented the people in the past and have discharged themselves creditably and honourably.”
“This is the first of its kind in the federation and a landmark feat, which all of us must be proud of and be prepared to guide and preserve. “The state government has made strident efforts since 2013 to hold this election, but the opposition has thrown all kinds of legal stumbling blocks on the way.
“That it is holding this time around is a watershed achievement and an indelible legacy the All Progressives Congress, APC, administration in the state led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will leave behind.” Aregbesola also added that “The participating political parties and their candidates are expected to abide by the rules and guidelines instituted by the electoral umpire.
“It is hoped that the parliamentary system of government which the election will usher in will bring greater political representation and development in all areas of life to our local governments. Let the winners be magnanimous in victory and let the losers be gallant in defeat, in the true spirit of sportsmanship”,