Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has warned against any form of violence as the State prepares for the 2024 Governorship election.
The election as scheduled by INEC will hold in November 2024.
Aiyedatiwa who stressed this in his New Year broadcast monitored by correspondence on Monday, warned politicians against heating the polity.
Aiyedatiwa said; “As we are all aware, this is also the year for our governorship election. Expectedly, political activities will gain prominence as we march towards the election.
“However, let me implore all political parties, aspirants and their followers to eschew violent conducts that can threaten the peace and tranquillity of our State and ensure that they follow strictly the guidelines issued by the electoral umpire.
“The election should be a contest of ideas and choices and not an opportunity to settle political scores or an excuse for calumny,” he noted.
The Governor also used the opportunity of the broadcast to eulogize the former Governor of the State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who passed on a few dainties to the new year.
“It was a year that ended with the unfortunate loss of our dear former Governor and Leader, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, CON. Arakunrin left an indelible mark on the annals of time and his contributions to the development of our State, and indeed Nigeria, are etched in history.
“As we have promised, we will not only give our late former Governor a befitting State burial but will also immortalize his name, just as we will strive to complete all the developmental projects he embarked upon as Governor of Ondo State.
“His death was preceded by events that tested us in diverse ways but those challenges have shaped our resolve to, more than ever before, bring our people together and pursue the attainment of a peaceful and prosperous Ondo State.
“It is time to put the past behind us and focus all our human and material resources on building on the foundation that this administration has so far laid,” Aiyedatiwa admonished.