Traditional rulers in Ekiti State have charged the Independent National Electoral Commission, security agencies, the international community and other stakeholders to ensure that the July 14 governorship election in the state is peaceful, credible, free and fair.
They made the call during a meeting with the American Consul General in Nigeria, Mr John Bray, at the palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe.
Speaking through their chairman, the Oloye of Oye-Ekiti, Oba Michael Ademolaju, the monarchs cautioned security agents against being used to arrest or detain political opponents for unjustifiable reasons.
Speaking in the same vein, the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Aladesanmi, the Elemure of Emure-Ekiti, Oba Emmanuel Adebayo and the Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Adejimi Adu Alagbado, also charged INEC to ensure that the equipment designed for the exercise must be in good order to ensure a hitch free poll.
In his remarks, the US Consul General, Mr John Bray said his country was on the side of the Nigerians and would always support peaceful, credible, free and fair elections.
The US envoy later met with Governor Ayodele Fayose who he recalled that the American government also monitored the 2014 election, saying that its supportive inputs would be highly appreciated.