The monarch of Ibadanland in Oyo State, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I, on Tuesday appealed to all the political parties in the state to eschew violence and play the game according to the rules.
The traditional ruler spoke through his Chief, Tajudeen Abimbola, the Eekerin Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland.
Also, Chief Theophilous Akinyele specifically urged all politicians in the state to exhibit all sense of political maturity to ensure acceptable and credible elections.He warned that the state could not afford to witness any violence during and after the general elections, just as he enjoined all the politicians to play the game according to the rule.
Chief Akinyele, a former head of service of the state, gave this advice yesterday in Ibadan, the state capital, during the launch of a book entitled: ‘Election Law Practice in Nigeria’ in honour of Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in the state, Oluwaseyi Makinde.
Akinyele said the monarch and indeed the entire citizens of the state are looking forward to a situation where there would be high level of political maturity where people with different political ideologies would live together in peace.
The high chief who is also the chairman of the occasion also urged stakeholders and political actors across the country to always play the game by the rules in order to have free, fair and acceptable elections in February.
The former secretary to the state government who noted that elections might also be rigged if proper care was not taken to appoint men of impeccable characters as electoral officers, also called for the total overhauling of the electoral processes.
He said contrary to some opinions, African need strong institutions and not strong men to move the continent forward.
The book reviewer, Dr Abba Kolo, from the University of Dundee ,Scotland, who stressed the importance of the book, said it would be helpful in the academic and political system most especially in a period where all are waiting for the February general elections.
The book, ‘Election Law Practice in Nigeria’, which is a compilation of past election cases has 335 pages.