By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Chairman of the Supreme Council of Owu Obas, the Olowu of Owu Kuta in Osun State, Oba Hammeed Oyelude on Tuesday said traditional rulers in the country will continue to engage the authorities on how to achieve free and fair elections in 2019.
Oba Oyelude stated this in Iwo while speaking at a press conference held ahead of the 27th Annual Convention of the Royal Union of Owu People (ROUP) having the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the chief host while Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun would be a special guest at the convention.
The royal father emphasized that traditional rulers will not fold their hands, but go all out and ensure that the 2019 general elections is free, fair and violent free.
Oba Oyelude however charged the Federal Government to on its part ensure free, fair and credible general elections in 2019, saying, the peace and tranquillity of the country is what the citizens want.
“The peace and tranquillity of Nigeria are what Nigerians want and 75 per cent of the effort aimed at ensuring the peaceful conduct of the election lies with the security agencies.The unity of the country at large is greater than the ambition of any individual. ROUP has been part and parcel of maintaining peace and tranquillity of the country”. he said.
Speaking further, the Chairman of Supreme Council of Owu Obas maintained that monarchs in the country will not rest on their oars but continued to engage the authorities concerned in election processes.
“We will not fold our hands, but continue to engage the authorities on how to achieve free and fair elections. As royal fathers, we urge our colleagues across the geopolitical zones to engage their subjects in order to allow peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections”.
While tasking the politicians to put the interest of the country first over their ambitions, Oba Oyelude said “we urge the principal players in the major political parties to put the interest of the country first. It is when we have a peaceful country that they can think of how to achieve their personal ambitions”.
On the Annual Convention of the Royal Union of Owu People (ROUP), the royal father said the annual event would be to reappraise and provide solutions to the problems facing Owu indigenes, saying, “Owu is the largest Yoruba speaking ethnic group in the South West Zone and a force to be reckoned with in North Central Zone as well as the Diaspora. We are one of the largest contributors to national development and economic growth in Nigeria”.