- Police have beefed up security in the nooks and crannies of Ondo state
- PDP is conducting primary to pick its candidate for the incoming governorship election in the state
- ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, the police public relations officer in the state, said police are on ground to provide adequate security for the people of the state
The Ondo state police command has deployed no fewer than 800 personnel to monitor the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in the state.
Vanguard reports that the police public relations officer in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen at the venue of the primary election in Akure on Wednesday, July 22.
Legit.ng gathered that he said police are on ground not just because of the primary but because they are always in the frontline when it comes to security.
He said: “We have mapped out the whole place like we did during the APC governorship primary election on Monday to ensure that there is no problem throughout the election.
“Right here we have about 800 personnel and also have other sister agencies to support in ensuring the security of this place. We are certain nobody will misbehave this time around because all politicians are aware that today is for election and not to cause any unwarranted issues.
“If you have come to vote, vote and go and if you have any support to give to your person you can do that after leaving this place.”
Eight aspirants are contesting the PDP governorship primary election in the state.
The aspirants are Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), Eddy Olafeso, Sen. Boluwaji Kunlere, Solar Ebiseni, Bode Ayorinde, Goddey Erewa, Banji Okunomo and Agboola Ajayi, the incumbent deputy governor.
The newspaper noted that the chairman of the Ondo PDP primary committee, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, was already at the venue.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some chieftains of the PDP wanted the deputy governor to be disqualified from participating in the governorship primary.
The PDP leaders accused Ajayi of conniving with Kingsley Chinda who served as the secretary of the party's ward congresses electoral committee to manipulate the delegates list for the primary election.
They alleged that over 101 fake delegates were smuggled into the ad-hoc delegates’ list of the PDP.
Speaking on behalf of the chieftains, Bitire Solomon alleged that the list being paraded by the party would be rejected before the primary.
Bitire insisted that Ajayi must be disqualified for fraudulently injecting 101 fake delegates into the Adhoc delegates list of Ondo state PDP in collusion with Chinda.