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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has appealed to stakeholders in the Southwest region of the country to ensure free and credible participation in the forthcoming general elections.
The UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Khardiata Lo Ndiaye made the appeal while speaking at the stakeholders’ dialogue on peaceful 2019 general elections in Akure, Ondo state.
She said free fair and credible election is important to the attainment of Sustaining Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.
According to Ndiaye a free fair and credible election will promote peaceful coexistence, help build a strong institution and foster sustainable development.
” This is in tandem with the sixteenth goal of the SDG’s which seeks to promote peaceful and inclusive elections at all levels”
“Attainment of the sixteenth goals will have a significant positive impact on the achievement of all other goals accomplishment of 2030 agenda,”Ndiaye said.
While declaring the 3-day workshop open, the governor of Ondo State, Olurotimi Akeredolu call on the stakeholders to cooperate with the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi also preached for free and credible elections in the forthcoming general elections.
Also speaking at the workshop, the governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola was represented by the supervisor in charge of Ministry of Budget, Economic and Planning in the State, Dr. Olalekan Yinusa urged participants to kick against any form of electoral violence.
He stressed that the electoral commissions need to strengthen the rule of law so that election and rights of voters could be protected.
The Ooni of Ife. Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi commended the organizers of the workshop, urging the participants to cooperate with the UNDP.
Ooni was represented by the Alayemore of Ido-Osun, Oba Adedapo Aderemi, stressing that, the need for free fair and credible elections in the country is highly needed.
Participants at the dialogue include; representatives of the six states government in the zone, INEC, National orientation agency (NOA), security agencies, political parties, IPAC, traditional rulers, religious leaders, Youths amongst others.
However, the participants expressed gratitude to the UNDP, Ondo State government and the facilitators for putting together the initiative.