The Chairman of Traditional Religion Worshippers Association, TRAWSO, Dr. Oluseyi Atanda, has said the body may go to the extent of administering oath on its members to ensure that they neither sell nor buy votes during the Osun gubernatorial election slated for July 16, 2022.
In statement, he urged Christians and Muslims to shun buying and selling of votes during the forthcoming election.
The statement reads:
“We have instructed our members not to sell their votes or buy votes. Our beliefs and practice forbid mortgaging your conscience before performing your civic duties. Traditional religion promotes principles of equity, fairness and justice.
“We have control and means to ensure that our members comply with our directive not to sell or buy votes. If need be, we may go to the extent of administering oath on them to ensure total compliance. It would have been a historic feat, if such oath could be administered on all inhabitants of Osun to forestall this ugly trend rearing its head and spreading like wild fire.
“We urge leaders and adherents of Islam and Christianity to follow our noble example and impress it on their people not to sell or buy votes. They should also go the extra length to chastise their members selling and buying votes. So far, we have not seen a single traditionalist being held for selling or buying votes and that should be emulated by other religions”.
“Because we own this land as the oldest religion, we have been praying for all those parties and candidates coming to us. They all belong to us and we have not given undue preference to anyone.
“We are working behind the curtain offering prayers, ritual propitiation and veneration to the Deities of our land for peace to reign during the poll and we believe Olodumare will grant our wish. The sky is gloomy but Ifa will take control.
“We also implore people of other faith to also pray for a peaceful poll in the state”.