Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, the Olomu of Omu-Aran in Kwara State, has pledged the community’s support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), toward ensuring the conduct of credible, free and fair general elections in 2019.
Adeoti made the pledge while playing host to INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara State, Malam Atahiru Garuba, in his palace in Omu-Aran, on Wednesday.
Garuba, who had earlier interacted with staff of the INEC, Omu-Aran Zonal office, was at the palace as part of his familirisation tour of Kwara South Senatorial District of the state.
Receiving him, Adeoti described the visit as timely, assuring the REC that the traditional council was ready to partner with other stakeholders to assist in ensuring sustenance of the nation’s democratic system.
He said that no meaningful development could be achieved in an atmosphere of fear, violence, rancor and acrimony.
“We would strive to ensure that your staff, both ad-hoc and official, enjoy the best of hospitality during and after the elections.
“Omu-Aran community is known to be peaceful with peaceful-minded inhabitants; for a very long time, we have been co-habiting peacefully, irrespective of ethno-religious or political affiliation.
“We will not condone any act of violence from either the indigenes or non-indigenes whatsoever.
“On any assistance that will give your commission the desired pass mark in your national assignment, we are fully in your support,” Adeoti assured.
Earlier, the INEC boss had solicited the assistance of the traditional ruler in the areas of Permanent Voter Card collection and partnership toward maintenance of security, law and order during and after the elections.
Garuba said that Kwara State remained one of the sates with the lowest rate of PVC collection, disclosing that over 450, 000 PVCs were yet to be collected by their owners.
He said the visit was meant to acquaint the traditional rulers, whom he described as the closest to the people at the grassroot, with some of the challenges and also seek their royal blessings.
“Our intention is to seek your blessings and at the same time let you know about our challenges, most importantly as it concerns PVC collection and security of lives and property.
“Election will always come and go, but that should not divide us as family, friends and associates.
“We should be able to relate well and form a common front to better our lots and that of our country after the elections might have been concluded,” he said.