The Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewa Land, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle has enjoined Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) to streamline its logistics by ensuring that accreditation and voting commence as announced.
Oba Olugbenle, who also is the Chairman, Yewa Traditional Council stated this while playing host to the commission in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area, advising that voting materials should get to riverine communities, such as the Tongeji Island in Ipokia Local Government on time.
The monarch and other traditional rulers in Yewa Land hereby promised to collaborate with the commission in its campaign against violence during the forthcoming 2021 Local Government Elections.
He said the council would not relent in carrying out its fatherly roles at various communities.
“We are not politicians, we are fathers to all, we will ensure that we sensitise our people to come out and vote. Any Oba from the Yewa Traditional Council who engages in politics is not speaking on behalf of the council, but for himself,” the monarch said.
Oba Olugbenle appreciated Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for searching and appointing people of higher pedigrees to oversee the affairs of OGSIEC, charging the commission to maintain its integrity and remain apolitical.
The monarch called on politicians to play by the rules, avoid violence and other acts capable of hindering free, fair and credible election.
Speaking earlier, OGSIEC Chairman, Mr. Babatunde Osibodu, noted that the visit was to further elicit support of the royal fathers and sensitise the people to come out on Saturday, July 24 to perform their civic responsibility.
He stressed: “The local government being the third tier of government is the closest to the people. The commission has put in place adequate security measures to make the exercise peaceful.
“Since we started about two months ago, there has not been incidences of violence or any untoward occurrence, so security is guaranteed and this will equally be sustained during the elections.”