He maintained that leaders of political parties and other relevant stakeholders should be conscious of the need to maintain Peace
in the collective interest of the people and the state, saying the governorship election was critical to the peace and tranquillity in the South West.
Adams who made the appeal in Osogbo during a courtesy call on the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola stated that his visit was to raise issues of security and peace during the governorship election and other subsequent polls coming in 2019.
The Yoruba generalissimo, who was in Osogbo for the annual Osun Osogbo Festival, took time off to pay a courtesy call on the candidate of the APC, saying his visit was to raise issues of security and peace during the governorship election and other subsequent polls coming in 2019.
According to Adams, “I am here to let you know that the Yoruba nation looks forward to Osun, being the cradle of the Yoruba. The last eight years have witnessed peace and progress. Those must be sustained without any breach at all. All of you participating in the poll must play by the rule knowing well that the progress of your state is tied to the peace therein”.
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“Let your campaigns be issues-based. Ensure that your followers are not violent. These are the words we intend to preach to all other parties and candidates whenever we meet them”, he remarked.
Responding, Oyetola lauded Adams for what he termed his “dogged fight for the elevation of the Yoruba race”, stressing that his promotion of the Yoruba culture and values over the decades have been well documented and that generations coming would honour him for his patriotic and revolutionary struggles.
He stated “I thank you for the honour of this visit. I personally have followed your activities and efforts at promoting our culture and tradition. On the need for peace during and after this election, we make bold to state that we have been at the centre of creating a peaceful environment in our state since the advent of the Aregbesola administration”
This was a conscious effort to attract investments and therefore, development to our state. It is therefore clear that sustaining that peace is one of our priorities. You will do well, as a leader of the Yoruba nation, to impress it on our opponents to see peace and playing by the rules sine qua none to the sustenance of our development”, Oyetola asserted.
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