Ondo State government warns Gov Makinde against importing thugs to disrupt governorship election


During a PDP campaign rally in Ondo Town on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, thugs allegedly loyal to Makinde removed the cap from the head of former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.

It took security personnel to restore calm to the venue of the rally afterwards as tempers flared.

Fayose and Makinde have been on a warpath over political differences.

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose was humiliated at the PDP campaign rally in Ondo (Punch)

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose was humiliated at the PDP campaign rally in Ondo (Punch)

In a statement, the Ondo State government says the attack on Fayose is ample confirmation that Makinde has imported thugs into Ondo to disrupt the election and attack the people.

The statement, which was signed by Commissioner for Information in Ondo, Donald Ojogo, also called on all security agencies drafted to the state to keep the peace ahead of the vote, to include Makinde on a watch-list of potential trouble makers or instigators of violence.

“The Ondo State government hereby reiterates its earlier stance on the need for security agencies to contain and curtail the activities of political thugs ostensibly imported into Ondo State by the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde,” the statement reads.

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“This development trailing the October 10 governorship election portends, in many respects, a dangerous slope as the people decide once again, which path to follow between sustained development and a reverse of same.

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Gov Akeredolu is the candidate of the APC in the Ondo governorship election  (Maxwell)

Gov Akeredolu is the candidate of the APC in the Ondo governorship election (Maxwell)

“It becomes more pernicious that the Governor of Oyo State, who is a beneficiary of the free will and wish of the people of his state through the ballot, could engage in such act which is capable of eliciting needless provocation from the public.

“Government recalls that the last three weeks have witnessed mindless and condemnable acts perpetrated by these thugs imported from Oyo.

“The assault on the former governor of Ekiti State, at the party’s rally in Ondo Town, no doubt, is an internal affair of the party. The incident nonetheless remains a reference point just as it confirms our earlier apprehensions.

Eyitayo Jegede is the candidate of the PDP in the Ondo governorship election [Twitter/@TayoJegedeSAN]

Eyitayo Jegede is the candidate of the PDP in the Ondo governorship election [Twitter/@TayoJegedeSAN]

“Government, therefore, calls on security agencies to spread their surveillance networks to curtail the activities of these hoodlums who are currently spread across the 18 local government areas of Ondo State.”

Makinde and his reps are yet to react to Wednesday’s ugly incident, even though Fayose has pointedly blamed the Oyo State governor for his public humiliation.



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