The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said that all major markets in the ancient city be closed on Monday to enable traders and other residents to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
The monarch said on Monday that it is important for traders to take responsibility in the transformation of new Nigeria and new government in the state.
Mr Ogunwusi however, charged residents to participate actively in the September 22 governorship election by freely voting for candidates of their choice in Osun State.
Reacting to this development, some residents who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES commended the monarch for the directive but were however pessimistic about the validity of the process.
“The king has given a fatherly advice that we should get out voter’s card but how are we so sure that our vote will count. It will only be a waste of time to be on the long queue for cards, in the rain and sun to cast vote and yet realised that election is rigged,” Seyi Olaorebikan said.
Another resident, Haliya Shittu said: “Well, if not for anything but for the purpose of identification, I will get the PVC as directed by the king. However, I’m not certain if I will vote.”
Ms. Shittu said the “example of what happened in Ekiti State governorship election” cannot be avoided in Osun as “many of them are already coming to community leaders with money to manipulate electorates”.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier presented the names of 48 political parties cleared to contest the governorship election in the state.
However, there are five major contenders seeking to succeed outgoing governor, Rauf Aregbesola of the APC.
These are a former secretary to the state government, Fatai Akinbade of the ADC; immediate past secretary to the state government, Moshood Adeoti of the ADP; the candidate of the governing APC, Adegboyega Oyetola; a senator, Ademola Adeleke of the PDP; and a former senator, Iyiola Omisore of the SDP.