By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has called on the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to call his party boys to order over incessant attacks on opposition members in the state.
The publicity secretary of the party, Kennedy Teretei in a statement on Thursday said that is becoming unbearable for All Progressive Congress (APC) supporters to molest the supporters of PDP in Owo, the country home of the governor.
According to the statement, PDP said the incessant attacks, if not checked, may affect the peace of the state and also could cause unrest since no one has monopoly of violence.
Read full statement below:
For the second time in three weeks, thugs loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) have molested supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Owo
This recurrent development has now shown that the APC is not prepared for a free and fair election on October 10
The APC’s penchant for provocation and unleashing violence on the peace loving people of Ondo State have now become a recurring decimal”
Supporters of the party putting on face caps having the PDP logo and emblem around Ekusi and Stadium areas of Owo, were attacked by APC thugs. This is a dangerous trend that can jeopardise the peace our party stands for.
The PDP wishes to state unequivocally that, there is nobody that has monopoly of violence. We are using this medium to appeal to Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State Governor to call his thugs to order in the interest of peace not only in Owo but throughout Ondo State, before, during and after the October Gubernatorial Election in the State.
We are also appealing to President Mohammadu Buhari to live up to his constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and properties of Ondo State people at this critical time. The Security Agencies in Ondo must also as a matter of urgency stem the tide of violence orchestrated by the APC to ensure that we have peaceful election in Ondo State.
The APC has in recent times demonstrated and threatened that, they will unleash violence on the peace-loving people of Ondo State and use Federal might to rig the forthcoming Elections. Let it not be that, this is a dress rehearsal and a confirmation of their promise. Elections should not be do or die but a test of the popularity of parties in contest for the people’s votes.
Kennedy Ikantu Peretei, Publicity Secretary, PDP, Ondo State.