Ahead of the General Election scheduled to commence in February, next month, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Kwara State has appealed to the Emir of Ilorin to call for a peace meeting of all political parties in the State and their candidates as well as traditional rulers.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mallam Garba Attahiru Madami made the appeal when he led a delegation of top officials of the commission and the State Coordinator of the National Orientation Agency, NOA on a courtesy call to the number one traditional ruler in the State.
Mallam Attahiru Madami who recalled that Kwara was adjudged number one in the country after the 2019 General Election because of the peaceful conduct of all stakeholders during the exercise, explained that the involvement of the traditional ruler became necessary following the Emir’s ability to prevent political campaign on Eid grounds during the last festivities.
Mallam Attahiru Madami gave an assurance that INEC would deliver on its mandate to conduct free, fair and credible polls.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner also appealed to the Emir to prevail on Shaare community to agree to an out of court settlement over the disagreement between them and INEC.
In a submission, the State Coordinator of the National Orientation Agency, Mr Olusegun Adeyemi, who acomplained the INEC delegation, explained that the agency has begun education of eligible voters on proper thumbprinting of the ballot papers to check incidences of void votes and also sensitize them against vote selling.
Dr Adeyemi seized the opportunity to present an almanac of the newly designed naira notes to the Emir and appealed to him to enjoin people to exchange their old notes for the new naira notes before the January 31st deadline.
In a remark, the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Zulu Gambari said he would do all within his power to advocate for peaceful elections amongst stakeholders and that daily prayers would also be offered for peaceful polls.
Dr Zulu Gambari promised to address the issues raised by the Resident Electoral Commissioner and urged INEC to be upright in the discharge of its constitutional duties in the coming elections.