BY GBENGA ARIYIBI & DAPO AKINREFON
The Labour Party Governorship Candidate, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele has expressed concern over increasing reports of politically motivated attacks and assaults on opposition members in the state and called on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, to invoke its enormous power and sanction those breaching the electoral law.
Bamidele who is equally chairman, House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, pointed out that members of the LP in the state have been adhering to the rule guiding the game by not fomenting trouble
In a statement emanating from his campaign organization, in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the candidate called on the electoral body to take a holistic view of politicians in other political parties and come out with necessary sanction that would put a stop to the mess.
Bamidele regretted the desperation being nakedly displayed by members of some parties in their quest to win the forthcoming election and urged them to put the interest of the state at heart above their selfish and narrow interest.
The LP flag bearer noted that many of his supporters have been intimidated, harassed and made objects of attack since the commencement of electioneering campaign on March 23, assuring that this would not coerce the LP to betray the confidence reposed in it by the electorate.
His words: “We in the Labour Party find it so difficult to believe that some parties have quickly derailed from their promises to make the campaigns issue-based and agenda-driven.
Some of the parties no longer campaign on what they would do for the people, but take pleasure in character assassination.
At campaign rallies, what the people are being made to hear are invectives on perceived opponents.
They no longer tell the people what they have in the pipeline for them if elected. Little, wonder there had been accusations and counter-accusations flying out from different directions where parties were being attacked.
”INEC cannot afford to fold its arms to all these shenanigans playing out in the polity else, the situation may escalate uncontrollably.
INEC would have to invoke the relevant provisions of the Electoral Act to put all the politicians at check for this election to be free, fair and devoid of bloodshed.