16th September, 2011
Politicians, especially aspirants for next monthâ€™s local government election across Lagos state have been advised to discard politics of bitterness with its do or die trademark and embrace peace during the electioneering period.
Speaking at his palace during a courtesy visit by some politicians, the Baale of Candoso town, Ayoboâ€“Ipaja Local Council Development Area, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, High Chief Moroof Aremu Owonla said a lot of people were bound to contest for a position, but only one person would win.
The traditional ruler popularly known as Kaka, further implored all politicians who are aspiring for chairmanship or councillorship positions, regardless of their political parties, to ensure that their campaigns are devoid of violence, or any kind of confrontation among their supporters.
Says Owonla: â€œI am using this forum to appeal to all our politicians who are ambitious to occupy one position or the other to do so with maturity and decency because politics begins right from oneâ€™s home, and it is not a do or die affair.
â€œIf you can play peaceful politics with your wife or husband and your children at home and not wishing them any evil, you can do so to your neighbour who could be your political opponent. It is sad that politics in Nigeria often leads to bloodshed, why?
â€œAs the local government election in Lagos state is fast approaching, I beg all candidates with the spirit of my ancestors to ensure a violence-free election in October, especially in Ayoboâ€“Ipaja LCDA where we belong.â€ The Candoso monarch, who is also the proprietor, Impressive Group of schools, Rosebol Petrol station, and Rosebol Hospital, in Ayobo also used the forum to commend the state commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barrister Ademorin Kuye for his efforts in ensuring peaceful coexistence among traditional rulers in the state.
He stated that he was impressed with the wisdom being applied by the commissioner, adding that Kuyeâ€™s experience as a former local government chairman is a great advantage for his new office. The Baale revealed that he had closely watched his trouble-shooting approach with keen interest, especially among the royal fathers in the state.
High Chief Owonla who disclosed that he had once interacted with the lawyer turned politician, said he was quick to note that he is not an administrator who believed in hearsay or rumour, but has a disposition towards fair hearing.