Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja, the Ooni of Ife, II has expressed that he is disheartened about the unfolding of events in Ekiti as preparations are in full swing in view of the July 14 governorship elections.
The Ooni has said that:
“What I heard happening in Ekiti State during this electioneering period does not make me happy as their father. Enough of crisis, we do not want any crisis in Yorubaland. Where there is violence, progress and tranquillity will be deprived, but where there is peace, there is progress.“I specifically warn all youths in Ekiti state to maintain peaceful coexistence before, during and after the election, as brighter future awaits them if they productively discover themselves,”
He has urged the youths to not become victims of political thuggery. He said the youths should rather aim to lead in the political capacity such as governorship or presidency in the nearest future.
The British envoy, Paul Arkwright who is the United Kingdom Chief Observer to Nigeria on the Ekiti gubernatorial election also agreed with the Ooni and in his pursuit of, fair, credible and peaceful election in Ekiti State on Saturday.
He said the purpose of his coming is based on observing the conduct of Ekiti gubernatorial election which precedes 2019 Presidential by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The British High Commissioner also called for calm urging residents to shun electoral violence. He added that crisis cannot add any value to the growth and development of the state.
In the course of preparation for the election in Ekiti, security operatives on Wednesday dispersed supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the popular Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti while they were holding a rally ahead of the governorship election in the state.
The State governor, Ayodele Fayose later accused policemen of beating and brutalising PDP supporters in the state.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Habila Joshak in reaction said the police could not have denied Governor Fayose being elected by the people access in the government office.
He explained that the police only carried out their duty of preventing law and order in the area.