- The duo of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and Eyitayo Jegede have condemned the mounting security threats in the country
- Speaking during a governorship debate event, Akeredolu said Nigeria cannot survive the security intimidation with a single structure
- Similarly, the governor and his challenger argued against the calls for the complete ban of the controversial police unit, SARS
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With just three days to the Ondo guber election, Messrs Rotimi Akeredolu and Eyitayo Jegede have raised concern over the rising insecurity in the state and the country at large.
Speaking during a governorship debate organised by Channels TV on Wednesday, October 7, the two frontline candidates posited that the Nigerian security architecture is demanding of a crucial rejig.
Ondo election has been scheduled to hold on Saturday, October 10, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the 18 local government areas of the state.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu faces a tough reelection hurdle as his popularity will be tested against Jegede who is the state's former attorney general and commissioner of justice.
Another tough opponent in the race is Agboola Alfred Ajayi, Ondo deputy governor, who is contesting the election on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
Meanwhile, Ondo state has been marked as one of the terrorised states in the southwest region with a spate of kidnapping and a series of road robberies.
Governor Akeredolu said Nigeria cannot be guaranteed total security by a unilateral architecture.
He further threw his weight behind regional security outfits like southwest security network codenamed Operation Amotekun, saying "Amotekun cannot fail.”
“A single command for our security cannot give us the safety we need. The chief security officer of a state (governor) without power doesn’t make sense.
“I can assure you that I am not pleased with the country’s security architecture in the country. I’m one of the strong advocates of multi-level policing."
Akeredolu and Jegede, however, argued against the call for the ban of the SARS, saying the agitation against the unit is a result of power abuse by the police officers in charge.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that about eleven political parties formed an alliance with the PDP, handing a boost to the ambition of Jegede.
The merger was announced on Monday, October 5, in Akure, the state capital by Social Democratic Party (SDP) chairman, Oladele Ogunbameru, who doubles as the spokesperson of the political parties.
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