The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade has appealed to all the politicians in Ile-Ife not to turn the community into a theatre of war.
The monarch, who spoke through the Obalufe of Ife, Oba S F Omisakin at a press briefing held at the House of Chiefs in the Palace of the Ooni of Ife warned against political violence in the ancient town.
The foremost traditional ruler also advised the residents of the ancient town to shun violence before and during the August 9 governorship election in the state.
Oba Sijuwade’s appeal came against the rising wave of violence between the supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC and its main challenger, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
The monarch, who decried the recent violent attack between members of the APC and those of the PDP stressed the need for all politicians in the town to preach peace and work towards sustenance of peaceful co-existence.
He stressed that all the candidates seeking the Governorship position were his children, hence his resolve to render necessary advice to them in the interest of the state and the Yoruba nation at large.
“I have no preferred candidate among all the candidates’ they are all my children.
There is non of them that would emerge as the winner that can neglect Ile-Ife, this is because they are all from the source”, he said.