PDP Raises Alarm Over Alleged Attacks On Members

Ifedayo Kelvin

The People’s Democratic Party in Ondo state has raised a fresh alarm over alleged recurrent attacks on its members by thugs loyal to the governor and ruling All Progressives Congress in the state.

The Party’s Publicity Secretary in Ondo State, Hon. Kennedy Ikantu Peretei in a statement made available to Newsmen on Thursday called on the governor to ‘chain his thugs’, while adding that no one has the Monopoly of violence.

Below is the statement Unedited:

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.

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