BY GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO—The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade has appealed to all the politicians in Ile-Ife not to turn the community into a theatre of war.
The foremost traditional ruler also advised the residents of the ancient town to shun violence before and during the August 9 governorship election in the state.
Oba Sijuwade’s appeal came against the rising wave of violence between the supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC and its main challenger, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
The monarch, who spoke through the Obalufe of Ife, Oba S F Omisakin at a press briefing held at the House of Chiefs in the Palace of the Ooni of Ife warned against political violence in the ancient town.
The monarch, who decried the recent violent attack between members of the APC and those of the PDP stressed the need for all politicians in the town to preach peace and work towards sustenance of peaceful co-existence.
At the briefing attended by all traditional chiefs in Ile-Ife and heads of various quarters, the Ooni of Ife, who is also the President, Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs said only a peaceful election could guarantee development in the state.
He stressed that all the candidates seeking the Governorship position were his children, hence his resolve to render necessary advice to them in the interest of the state and the Yoruba nation at large.
“I have no preferred candidate among all the candidates’ they are all my children. There is non of them that would emerge as the winner that can neglect Ile-Ife, this is because they are all from the source”, he said.
He also called on the residents of the ancient town to be vigilant to strange faces recruited to distrupt the hitherto peaceful atmosphere of the town.
The first class monarch also advised Political gladiators in the state to refrain from violence and play politics in the most peaceful style as lay down by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
However, he maintained that “Ooni remains committed to Ife sons and Daughters who have been contributing in kind and cash to the progress and development of Ile_Ife, but says no to violence and thuggery as miscreants and political thugs shall be handed over to the law enforcement agents.”