Popular musician, 2face Idibia, was in Osogbo on Tuesday to preach peace ahead of the September 22 Osun State governorship election.
2face appeared at a live concert organised by an NGO, Kimpact Development Initiatives, at the Aurora event centre in Osogbo to sensitise and create awareness on the “Vote not Fight” slogan.
The event was attended by the officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigeria Police, NYSC members and the Nigerian Security Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) among others.
2face, who took the message of a peaceful election to all the governorship candidates at their domain before the concert, urged them to be ambassadors for peace.
He also advised the candidates to sensitise their supporters on the need to eschew violence during and after the election.
The 42-year-old also called on the electorate not to sell their votes to any political party, adding that such action amounted to crime and attracted imprisonment.
Director, Kimpact Development Initiatives, Bukola Idowu, said the campaign on “Vote not Fight”, Election No Be War“, was aimed at creating awareness on the need for a peaceful election in the state.
He said a peaceful election was essential for the growth and development of democracy among others.
Mr Idowu noted that the organisation had reached the 30 local government areas in the state to sensitise the people on the need for them to shun vote-buying and violence during elections.
He also called on relevant stakeholders in the planned election to ensure a peaceful election.
Idowu called on NYSC members to be used as ad-hoc staff in the exercise to maintain neutrality and shun being used by politicians to cause violence.
He said they owed the state and the nation a duty to be ambassadors of peace, during and after the election.