BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE – THE ruling Labour Party, LP, in Ondo State and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, weekend accused each other of perfecting plans to rig this Saturday elections in the state.
While the LP alleged that PDP planned to use military personnel and the police to change the will of the people in election, the PDP claimed that the LP had compromised the Divisional Police Officers with unnamed large sum of money to look the other way whenever LP thugs and hooligans unleash terror in any part of the State
The Publicity Secretary of LP in the State, Mr. Femi Okunjemiruwa alleged that it was in furtherance to PDP’s desperation to capture the state at all cost as done in 2007.
Specifically, Okunjemiruwa fingered the Defence Minister, Mr. Tokunbo Kayode, Sen Gbenga Ogunniya and Dr Olusegun Agagu, the former governor of the State, as well as business man, Jimoh Ibrahim as the brains behind the plot which it noted was already being carried out.
According to Okunjemiruwa. “in the central district where Ogunniya is contesting, he (Ogunniya) has made arrangements to use the police. He is using his position as the past Chairman of Senate Committee on Police Affairs like he did during the re-run elections in Oka- Akoko and Ilaje local government areas last year when he brought in over 100 armed policemen into the State from Abuja. At a meeting held in the residence of the State Chairman of the PDP, Dr Tayo Dairo in Oke Ijebu area of Akure penultimate Saturday, the Minister vowed to use all resources at his disposal to deliver the State to PDP and promised Agagu with soldiers.
“This is another re-enactment of the 2007 elections in the making as plans are now on to arrest our people any moment from now, place them under lock and key on trump up charges until after the election in a bid to cow our supporters.
But we are using this medium to appeal to the people not to allow their votes to be stolen, the principle of one man, one vote must be the order of the day; we must be vigilant and call their bluff. Never again will democracy at gun-point be the order of the day in our state; the best candidates must be allowed to represent us irrespective of the party. We must reject imposition by force.”
But the Director of Publicity of the PDP in the state, Ayo Fadaka, alleged that the LP had armed its thugs and plans to adorn them with PDP uniforms with which they would attack many communities thereby “creating the impression that it is our Party that is attacking people and not them. This dastard plan is designed to achieve a dual purpose. One, is to terrorize the populace to make them abscond from voting and again to discredit our Party as being belligerent. But merciful enough, the good people of Ondo State has taken due notice of their belligerence since the beginning of this electoral session.
“Also, they have put in place a ballot snatching gang that is motorized to move across the State to hijack ballot boxes from the polling booths and falsify the results before it gets to the collation centre. It is because of this plan that the government purchased those hilux vans that were tagged ‘security project’ and distributed to all Local Governments.