- There are fears that the Ondo guber will be marred with violence
- To prevent this, the Action Alliance has called on the state government not to victimise opposition parties with security operatives
- Specifically, the AA called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu not to make use of Amotekun officials to terrorise its party members or electorate during the poll
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has been warned not to use the local security outfit in the southwest known as Amotekun against opposition parties in the coming election.
The warning was given by the Action Alliance (AA) following fears that the governorship election will be marred with violence, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Stating that it was important to prevent the use of local security personnel to hijack the election, James Vernimbe, national secretary of AA, boasted that the party is fit and well-positioned for victory.
Vernimbe said: “We urge the government of Ondo state not to use ‘Amotekun’ security agents against the opposition in the state during the election. We also urge all security agencies to be neutral before, during, and after the election.”
He also called on the police to be neutral in their work before, during and even after the gubernatorial election.
Moreover, Vernimbe urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to uphold fairness and transparency throughout the conduct of the poll.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that just weeks to the much-awaited gubernatorial election in Ondo, some thugs invaded the state's House of Assembly, aiming to attack lawmakers.
The hoodlums barricaded the entrance into the complex in order to prevent the entry of lawmakers who were said to be loyal to the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi.
Meanwhile, INEC on Wednesday, August 19, again dropped a hint that in the event of violence, the Edo and Ondo governorship polls would be cancelled.
Festus Okoye, INEC's national commissioner and chairman for information and voter education committee, made the disclosure in Benin at a one-day seminar for journalists.
The INEC national commissioner advised politicians to shun violence as there was no alternative to the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming governorship elections in the two states.
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