The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State has accused Governor Olusegun Mimiko of plotting to cause mayhem ahead of the November 26 governorship election.
Publicity Secretary of the chapter, Abayomi Adesanya, in a statement on Sunday, said APC has been reliably informed of “the intense mobilisation of thugs and militants, running into thousands, by the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.”
He alleged that the governor intended to use the recruits to “protest and unleash terror on the good people of the state from Monday, October 31, in Akure, Ondo, Akoko areas and Owo, Ore and Okitipupa.”
He alleged that Mimiko on Saturday started disbursing money to mobilise militants and hoodlums from Delta and Edo states as well as a faction of Oodua People’s Congress from Ekiti and Lagos States.
APC appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the security agencies to beef-up security in and around Ondo State till the governorship election was concluded.
Adesanya said that the people of the state were desirous of peace, which should not be disrupted by the few self-seeking individuals for political gains.
Reacting to the allegation, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Eni Akinsola, described it as baseless.
Akinsola said: “This is a baseless allegation.
“In the last seven and a half years of Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s administration, we have no history of violence.
“The people of Ondo State are capable of defending themselves and protecting their territory.
“We have the history of defending our votes and we do not have the history of depending on external forces and this will not be an exception.”
Ondo State has been under tension after the INEC announced Jimoh Ibrahim as the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for the election.
Mimiko said on Friday visited President Muhammadu Buhari on the violence that rocked the state capital.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim has also accused Mimiko of sponsoring the protests.
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