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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) today claimed that the last Saturday’s local government election in ondo state was a mere waste of public resources, urging security agencies to investigate various threats of violence ahead of October 10 governorship election in the state.
Speaking with newsmen in Akure, the new State Chairman of the PDP, Hon Fatai Adams said it was worrisome security agents were yet to arrest any of those threatening to use political thugs to rig the governorship election as well as those destroying campaign billboard and posters of the party’s candidate, Mr Eyitayo Jegede.
Adams who was flanked by the state firmer deputy governor, Otunba Omolade Oluwateru, PDP Elder, Dr Tayo Dairo and some PDP state executives, said PDP boycotted the local government election because it viewed as a charade and it would not reflect wishes of the people.
Pix: Hon Adams with others.
He enjoined all stakeholders in the forthcoming governorship election including Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and APC to join his party to ensure free and fair polls.
The PDP Chairman condemned unguarded commented credited to a former APC Chairman, Isaacs Kekemeke in a viral video, adding that the opposition party had written a petition to all security agencies to probe the video.
However, Mr Kekemeke had issued a open letter to apologise over his comment in the viral video, describing such as a pep talk.
Adams said, “Hold Akeredolu And Apc Responsible For Violence In Ondo State; You are all aware of the scale of violence that marred the Local Government Election conducted by the Rotimi Akeredolu led APC Government over the weekend.
“The outcome of the election revealed that indeed, the people have rejected policies and programmes of a Government that has pauperized them.
“APC thugs brutalized the people and vandalized vehicles where people resisted their rigging plan. These are developments that should concern all of us, because, if not nipped in the bud now, such can rob us of our hard earned democracy.
“There is this viral video where one Isaacs Kekemeke, former Chairman of APC in Ondo State openly admitted that APC thugs sponsored by Akeredolu were responsible for destroying Campaign Billboards and Posters of Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, the PDP Standard bearer.
“We wish to put it on record that, the people of Ondo State have rejected Akeredolu and his lacklustre performance. Therefore threatening violence will not in any way save him from defeat. Our victory at the poll is already guaranteed as we rely on God and the good people of Ondo State.
“At this juncture, we want to appeal to all the Security Agencies to live up to their responsibility of protecting lives and properties before, during and after these elections.
“We are also aware that the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello (who Kekemeke mentioned as an accomplice) is recruiting thugs and a Killer Squad to cause mayhem in Ondo State during the election.
“While we want to assure our teeming supporters of our resolve to live up to this challenge, Yahaya Bello should know that Ondo State is not Kogi State. No one should go to this extent to subvert the wishes of the people in this brazen manner.
“Lastly, as a party, we are prepared for a free and fair Election. Akeredolu and his party should do the same. But if there is any violence during this period, Akeredolu and the APC should be held responsible,” the PDP Chairman said.
However, Kekemeke said, “the sarcasm and the humour contained in the hometallk have been spinned and hyped to achieve political objectives.
“My records in the politics of this state as a militant (aggressive, defiant , fighter) are too well known and I am not ashamed of it. I just finished one with Gov. Akeredolu.
“I understand that we are all on edge and that in these times, majority of people will take things at face value.
“For those who are genuinely troubled by the clip, I take it that it is because they believe that the video does not represent the me that they know. I apologise to them.
“For Governorship Candidate Jegede, SAN, he should rest assured that no harm of any sort will come from me to him. I have no intent or capacity to do so.
“For the PDP, I reiterate that I will work so hard with my party, the APC to beat them silly (ana pa) during the Oct 10, 2020 Governorship election,” Kekemeke said in the open letter.