By Dapo Saalami Ibadan
The gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde has disclosed that political violence and thuggery must stop in Oyo State, adding that desperate politician should desist from activities that can leads to street war.
Vision update reported that Makinde made this known on Tuesday during a press briefing which was held at Omituntun House, Iwo Road, Ibadan, Oyo State.
In his word, Makinde said that political violence and thuggery in the course of the ongoing political campaign has become even more worsen to the extent that urgent pronouncement has to be made so that politician can know the implication of complacency in the serious development.
He explained that as part of the shake up here and there, the spate of political violence and thuggery is becoming a worrisome dimension that should be given a great concern, noting that in the last two weeks alone, violence incident among political parties has been witnessed across some areas in the state like Ogbomosho, Igboora, Ojoo, Omi Radio, Oke Ado, and Oyo to mention few.
Makinde reiterated that at this time when the electioneering campaign is gradually going to an end, there is needs for all the security agencies to do the needful so as to protect the life’s and properties of the people, adding that the Commissioner of Police and the Director of State Security must call an emergency meeting of leaders of all political parties and commit them to an undertaking of peace.
“Our people are already traumatised as a result of grinding poverty and avoidable lack and it will be ungodly to saddle them with gory scenes of bloodletting just because some politicians are scared of relinquishing power that is not a birthright.
“I want to join our religious leaders and traditional rulers to asks we politicians to sheath our sword, call our followers to order and preach peace because our political difference must not be allowed to translate into street war because our ambition is not worthy of blood of innocent citizens who struggle daily to make their needs.
He however debunked the accusation of the APC that he deliberately avoided the BBC organised gubernatorial debate, pointing out that his campaign team had fixed his schedule for Ibadan South East a week before the BBC invited him to a debate which fell on the same day, so he therefore used his discretion to choose to meet the people at Oranya, Oke Odo, Felele, Orita Aperin, Beere and Odinjo among other local areas.
“I attended the first ever Farmers Public Debate and the APC gubernatorial candidate Mr. Bayo Adelabu was similarly invited but he did not turn up and neither did he attend the Radio Nigeria organised gubernatorial debate last sunday which he, Seyi Makinde was there but the APC gubernatorial candidate was also invited but did not come.