By Remi Koleoso
Ado-Ekiti, May 14, 2022 Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti, Otunba Bisi Kolawole, has called on all political parties to play by the rules guiding electoral laws.
Kolawole made the call on Saturday while playing host to the popular Nollywood star, Iniobong Edo (Ini Edo), who was on an advocacy visit to his residence in Ado-Ekiti.
Ini Edo was accompanied on the visit by members of “Balm in Gilead Foundation for Sustainable Development (BGFSD)” and other Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
The PDP candidate warned other political parties against actions capable of “setting the state on fire” before, during and after the June 18 gubernatorial election.
Kolawole assured the team of his party’s resolve to play by the rules.
“We go about our campaigns with police and not with thugs and cultists and this is the way to go about a normal campaign.
“We move from house to house convincing people about the need to vote for us. We don’t run people out of town, we don’t chase people away from the polling units, PDP is a very democratic party and we hope to sustain that,” he said.
On the need to protect the interest of women and children in Ekiti State, the PDP candidate said that details of his plans for these category of people will be made available to the public as he unveils his manifesto on Monday.
“The youths have no reason to fear, as we intend to take them off the streets through engagements in technology, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), employment into the Civil Service and modernised Agriculture. The women also have no reason to fear.
“I want to assure you on behalf of our party that we’ll surpass your expectations in terms of providing adequate security, employment, good health care services, prompt payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities,” Kolawole said.
Earlier, Coordinator of New Generation Girls and Women Development Initiative (NGGWDI), a subsidiary of BGFSD, Mrs. Abimbola Aladejare-Salako, noted that youths are the perpetrators of electoral violence, while women are often the victim.
She said the organisation embarked on the “Vote, Not Fight” Campaign because they want candidates to speak to their followers through their actions and body languages.
The National Ambassador of BGFSD, Nollywood Actress, Iniobong Edo, appealed to the PDP candidate to implement the recommendations of the Ekiti Youth and Women Policy Agenda when he eventually becomes the governor of Ekiti State.
She said, “We want you to commit to running a peaceful electioneering campaign before the elections in 2022 and 2023.
“You should also publicly make statements that will promote intolerance of violence targeted at politically-active women, ensure their free participation in party functions and structures as well as support women mobilisation for the elections.
“Your government will commit to and adopt 35 per cent implementation of women and youth participation in strategic appointments,” Ini Edo said.