The Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde, who also the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, National Campaign Council has vowed that the party would prevent the All Progressives Congress (APC) from using violence to truncate the will of the people .
Makinde warned security agencies ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.
He spoke after a meeting with the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) deployed for the election and the Commissioner of Police.
Makinde appealed to PDP supporters to remain resolute in their preparedness to vote en-masse for Eyitayo Jegede, the governorship candidate.
He advised security agencies to be neutral and expressed confidence that the APC would be sent out of the Government House in Alagbaka on Saturday.
The governor regretted that Jegede was held hostage and nearly prevented from entering the town.
The PDP campaign leader also condemned the shootings at Owo and latest skirmishes in Akure, the state capital.
Makinde accused the APC of acting as if holding on to government is more important than securing the lives of indigenes and residents.
“They are willing to set Ondo State on fire if that is what it would take for them to retain Alagbaka. We will not sit back and watch our supporters, and indeed any of the electorates intimidated. We will use all legal means at our disposal to ensure that our people are safe. We appeal to them not to allow the threat unleashed by the APC to affect their resolve.
We must all come out on October 10 to send the APC and their representatives out of the Government House. You must all come out, vote and defend your votes. As my good friend and our candidate Eyitayo Jegede would say: ‘We are more than them. We are much more than they are.’ We cannot allow them to silence us,” he added.
Makinde commended the Police for providing security for Jegede.
“History and posterity have never been kind to anyone who allowed themselves to be used as a tool for injustice. We urge you to read the mood of the people and act accordingly. Politicians may come and go, but the people will always remain. Remember, the world is watching”, he told the AIG and the CP.