Ondo Poll: Akeredolu’s Supporters Planning to Unleash Violence, Group Alleges


A group, Democracy Watch, has called on the international community to monitor alleged moves by supporters of the governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), to unleash violence on the people of the state in order to win the October 10 election by all means.

The group feared that Amotekun Corps and the police may be used for the sinister purpose while forces loyal to the governor may also be deployed from neighbouring Ekiti State.

It consequently begged the international community to note the developments and intervene.
In a statement released in Owo, Democracy Watch Coordinator, Comrade Sidi Amure, said it decided to raise the alarm because most of the killings linked to electioneering campaigns in the state were not being investigated by the police.

It further alleged that the state Commissioner of Police had been boasting that Akeredolu had already secured his stay in power and that he would not be transferred out of the state during the election.

“Recently, a boy sucking on his mother’s breasts was killed in Owo by the sporadic gunshots of the thugs but up till date, nothing has been done to bring the perpetrators to book”, the statement said.

“Of late too, one Taye in Idanre, seen wearing ZLP cap, was killed but, up till now, no one has been arrested. Rather, those who visited police station to lodge a complaint were detained and paraded as thugs.

“The governor is desperate because he knows that he faces imminent defeat because of his abysmal performance in office.
“His administration is also riddled with corruption; the N4.3 billion kept in an account by the Olusegun Agagu administration which had accrued billions in interest has not been accounted for.”

The group added that it decided to speak out because it did not want Ondo turned into a theatre of war.
It begged the international community to take action against the advocates and perpetrators of violence, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, should act on the several petitions forwarded to them.