By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Few days to the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Gubernatorial National Campaign Council for Ondo State, who is also the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has vowed that the party would prevent the All Progressives Congress (APC) from using violence to truncate the will of the people in the election.
Governor Makinde, who spoke on Sunday shortly after a meeting with the AIG and the Commissioner of Police in charge of the state, accused the ruling APC in Ondo State of masterminding electoral violence to subvert the will of the voters.
He appealed to the people of the state not to allow the violence being unleashed by the APC to affect their resolve to vote for the standard-bearer of the PDP, Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), urging them to send the APC and their representatives out of the Alagbaka Government House on Saturday.
The governor also called on security agencies in the state to step up the efforts to prevent the APC, which he accused of being desperate to retain Ondo State, from perpetrating further violence ahead of the poll.
Makinde said that while the PDP and its candidate, Jegede, had been working hard to convince the electorate, by running issue-based campaigns and pointing out how the APC’s Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has brought untold hardship upon the people, the ruling party has been busy unleashing violence on PDP members.
He added that the ruling party has shown desperation to retain the state despite failing the people.
He stated that the PDP would not sit idly and watch the APC subvert the will of the people or harass the electorate, as it is prepared to use all legitimate means to ensure that the will of the people to have Jegede as their next governor is not subverted.
The governor further said that results of different polls, which indicated that the PDP will unseat the ruling party, were the reasons it has resorted to violence, warning the Ondo State electorate to remain strong in their resolve to vote for Jegede.
“We must remain unequivocal in our resolve. Evil should never be allowed to conquer. We have democracy and all the democratic systems on our side. We will not be afraid. We will not be deterred. We will march on until victory is ours,” he said.