Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam, has charged Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ensure that the August 9 gubernatorial election in the state is credible, free and fair.
The Speaker appealed to INEC to continue to play the role of unbiased umpire for the purpose of conducting election that would be acceptable to all.Salaam made the call while speaking with newsmen shortly after a visit to the Olusongbe of Songbe, Oba Kamilu Ajadi, in Ejigbo Local Government Area of the state.
Urging INEC to ensure a level praying ground for all the political parties and prompt delivery of both sensitive and nonsensitive voting materials to all polling units on the day of election, Hon. Salaam charged politicians to desist from any act capable of causing violence, before, during and after the election.
He said the governorship election should not be a do-or-die affair, adding that the well-being of the electorate and the peaceful atmosphere in the state after the election should be paramount to all politicians.
Appealing to electorate to go out en-mass on the day of the election and vote, Salam advised them not to sell their voter cards, stressing that their cards remains their power to elect the leader of their choice.
In his remarks, the Olusongbe of Songbe, Oba Ajadi, urged politicians to shun violence during the election, describing the exercise as a marathon race, during which all players should play by the rule of the game.