Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has called on fellow candidates in the February 28 governorship election to make issues of development and welfare of the people the key points in their political campaign.
Ajimobi made the call in an interview with journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Ajimobi, who is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said Nigerians are wiser now than before, adding that the trend all over the world is for politicians to harp their campaigns in what they intend to achieve if elected.
He said all candidates are indigenes of the state, meaning that they are all brothers and sisters.
“But we need to tell voters why we are seeking power. When we itemize what we want to do with the power we seek, voters will be better equipped to choose those they believe deserve their votes. That is the simple way to go about election in modern time.
“There is absolutely no need for violence. It makes no sense killing, maiming and inflicting needless violence on the people we want to lead. Address issues, not trivialities in your campaign and leave voters to make their free choice.
“We have worked very hard in the last three and a half years to return peace and prosperity to our people. We want all political parties and players to eschew acts capable of threatening this peace and government will not fold its hands watching politicians bring violence and brigandage to our state again. Let us all run issue-based campaigns.” Ajimobi said.
Other major candidates in the election are senators Rashidi Ladoja (Accord), and Teslim Folarin (Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala (Labour Party) and Engr, Oluseyi Makinde of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
While the presidential and National Assembly election are slated for February 14, governorship and House of Assembly elections are scheduled to hold on February 28, 2014.