- The ZLP candidate in the Ondo governorship election, Agboola Ajayi, has been accused of plotting to attack his convoy
- Ajayi wants to stage the attack to get public sympathy, the Ondo state government claimed
- Speaking on behalf of the government, information commissioner, Ojogo, called on the security agencies to forestall the alleged plan to cause violence
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The Ondo state government has accused the governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Agboola Ajayi, of plotting to organise an attack on his convoy.
The Sun reported that the allegation was made on behalf of the government by the commissioner for information and orientation, Donald Ojogo, in a statement on Wednesday, October 7.
Ojogo further claimed that the ploy is to stage the attack during Ajayi's campaign tour of Owo and make it look like the handiwork of another party.
He said Ajayi who is also the state's deputy governor wants to use the planned staged attack to attract public sympathy.
The statement read:
“Information at the disposal of the Ondo state government is to the effect that the governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Mr Agboola Ajayi has hatched a plot to organize an attack on his convoy.
"The incident is planned for today and targeted to be seen to have been carried out by supporters of a political party as he visits Owo as part of his campaign tour.
"The Ondo state government has implicit confidence in the capacity of the security agencies to unravel the circumstances leading to skirmishes in the last three weeks."
The commissioner added that some recent incidents of political violence in the state were organised to demonise the Rotimi Akeredolu government.
He, therefore, called on the security agencies to heighten their surveillance and provide adequate security for Ajayi to avert the alleged planned attack.
Meanwhile, ahead of the Ondo state governorship election, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has warned politicians against actions and utterances that could undermine a free, fair and credible poll.
A statement signed by police spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba, indicates that the IGP warned that anyone caught engaging in any electoral fraud such as political violence, vote-buying, ballot box snatching, etc. will be punished according to the law.
The IGP also charged all police officers and other law enforcement agents deployed for the election to act in accordance with the Electoral Act and other extant laws.
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