warning that security agencies had been instructed to clamp down on hoodlums in the state.
Adeleke then called on residents of the state to be peaceful duringt Saturday’s general elections.
In a pre-election statement obtained in Osogbo personally signed by him, Adeleke described the poll as, “a critical milestone in national democratic development of Nigeria in which all eligible citizens must actively participate to decide the future of the nation.”
Adeleke said as citizens, residents of Osun should participate in the electioneering process to secure good governance for the present and future generation.
The statement read in parts, “our government has declared today a public holiday. All eligible voters must take up their voting cards and get set for the historical elections tomorrow. The electoral authorities have provided an enabling environment for the conduct of free and fair elections. Security agencies have also mobilized to protect citizens as they exercise their constitutional rights.
“Let me use this medium to warn against electoral violence. Security agencies are under strict instruction to clamp down on hoodlums and agents of violence. I have equally instructed service commanders to arrest thugs wherever they may be. This election must be held under a peaceful atmosphere. Democracy is about choice, not killing and maiming.
“I urge all of us as agents and lovers of democracy to make Osun state the most peaceful throughout this election period and beyond. We are peace loving people and we must remain so, now and all the time.”