The Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has called on losers in the last general election to go to court instead of cause violence in the state.
Ajimobi stated this while speaking with newsmen in his office on Monday.
The governor stated that anyone caught causing violence in the state or resorting to self-help would be brought to justice, irrespective of his or her political affiliation.
While calling for peace in the state, he said that state government would not condone any act capable of threatening the peace and security of the state.
Ajimobi stated that he does not want the state to go back to the days of bloodletting and thuggery.
Ajimobi said, “We must ensure that we encourage sustainability of peace and security, which is the major precursor for development. We must not allow the state to go back to the days of brigandage. It is antithetical to development.”
“So I advise all those who lost in the last election to accept the outcome in good faith. But, if they have any strong reason or reasons to contest their loss or they believe there were manipulations, they should take the legal route.”
“But, if you believe there is nothing like that then leave it and go and prepare for the next time. They should congratulate the winners and support them. Nobody should attack anybody for losing the election.”
He congratulated the winner of the governorship election in the state, Seyi Makinde, he called on his to sustain the good legacies his administration would leave behind.
The governor listed security of lives and property, urban renewal, education reform, especially the School Governing Board system as part of his good legacy.
Abiola stated that the electoral defeat should not make leaders abandon their expected roles in building the society
He stated that he would still be active in office until May 28, 2019 when his tenure would end.
The governor said, “While congratulating Engr. Seyi Makinde for his victory at the last election, I want to use this opportunity to advise him to tow the line of peace just like we have done. We could not have done it all, but we have done many good things that will outlast many coming administrations.”
“In many things in life you have pros and cons, but once our plus is more than our minus, the plus should be sustained. The fact that our party (All Progressives Congress) lost does not mean that we should throw away the baby with the bath water.”