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NGO Sues For Peace As Osun Re-Run Election Holds Tomorrow



Ahead of Thursday’s governorship re-run election in Osun State, a non governmental organization, Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI) has called on Osun Youths to maintain peace and orderliness before,during and after the election.

It would be recalled that the September 22 governorship election in Osun State where the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Ademola Adeleke scored a total votes of 254,698 as against APC candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola with total votes of 254,345 was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) due to the cancelled votes in three local governments of Orolu, Ife North, Ife South and Osogbo.

INEC had on Sunday announced Thursday for Re-run election in the three local government where votes were cancelled.

The group which leads the Vote Not Fight campaign supported by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and USAID together with UKAID urged the youths and political parties to remember the peace pledge they signed to Shun all forms of violence and hate speech that could lead to violence before, during and after the election.

The coordinator of the vote not fight campaign, Bukola Idowu in a press statement on Tuesday said the international observers and other countries are hailing Nigerians for Saturday poll thereby calling on Youths and the parties involved to allow for free, fair and credible Re-run so that the accolade given to Osun will be sustained.

The statement reads : ”The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared a rerun of the election in some polling units some polling unit in Orolu, Ife South, Ife North and Osogbo on September 2017,2018.

”We request all stakeholders :INEC, political parties, candidates, youth leaders, security officers and political gladiators to please ensue a peaceful election atmosphere before, during and after the the Re-run election.

” We request that all the candidates involved in the forthcoming Re-run election bear in mind of their promises of ensuring a peaceful atmosphere for all, irrespective of their personal political ambitions.

”We also want to remind Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola of APC, Senator Ademola Adeleke of PDP and Senator Iyiola Omisore of SDP of the peace pledge they all signed to and their commitment to ensure all their followers are not going to cause violence in any area noting that this is the best legacy they can give this generation.”

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