Ahead of the 2023 general elections, The National President of the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) Alhaji Ottan Uthman has called on the political elite in Kwara to jettison politics of bickering and embrace peaceful conduct before, during and after the elections.
Ottan made this call Monday, during the 57th National Conference of the union held at the forecourt of the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.
Ottan warned that IEDPU is a nonpartisan organisation friendly to all political parties and it is on this ground it constituted a Peace Committee chaired by a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Salihu Modibbo Alfa Belgore, to bring all politicians in the state regardless of party affiliations under one umbrella to deliberate on how to foster peace and unity before, during and after the 2023 general elections.
He said, “It must be stated clearly IEDPU belongs to no politcal party as it is a friend to all political parties. The union by convention and conviction incontrovertibly apolitical. This fact made it to constitute a Peace Committee under the Chairmanship of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Salihu Modibbo Alfa Belgore, to engage all politicians of different persuasions on the need to sustain the peace, unity and harmony that have been the heritage of Ilorin from time immemorial. Elections must not divide but bring us together.”
“The union calls for a campaign devoid of violence in any manner. Politcal parties and leaders should caution their members to embrace peace, work and walk it before, during and after the elections. Election is now, generation is next. The next generation ought to be the preoccupation of all the compatriots”, he maintained.
The Chairman of the occasion, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, in his comment, eulogized the association for promoting socio-economic progress, unity and peaceful coexistence among the emirate populace.
The conference was attended by creme de la creme including the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Turaki of Ilorin, Mallam Saliu Mustapha, and notable members of the emirate.