Our people must count, Group charges politicians on violence
An independent campaign group, Friends of Bayo Adelabu (FOBA) has expressed worry over the rising wave of violence trailing political campaigns in Oyo State.
In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the Group, Dr. Bayo Busari and made available to newsmen in Ibadan over the weekend, FOBA condemned the recourse to violence by politicians, saying that they cannot govern over the dead.
It would be recalled that the campaign train of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in the March 2, 2019 election was attacked in Igbo Ora on Saturday with several people sustaining various degrees of injury.
The Group called on the state governor, Senator Isiaq Ajimobi to raise the bar in securing the State in order to consolidate on his achievement in the last seven and half years.
In the same vain, “we call on the state Commissioner of Police to beef up security around all the candidates in this year’s elections.
“We equally call on our elders across the state as well as religious leaders to help preach peace among their followers and adherents.
“It is instructive to note that Oyo State has been enjoying relative security of life and property and we should not allow partisan politics to rob us of the peace that we’ve been enjoying,” the statement said.
“We call on the Commissioner of Police of Oyo State to invite all the candidates participating in the elections to sign a peace accord,” Busari said.
The statement called on the people not to allow themselves to be used as canon fodder in the elections by politicians, as the elections will come and go.
“We also charge election-related monitoring bodies to be up and doing in drawing attention to politicians encouraging violence.”