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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , Eyitayo Jegede,.has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it does not have monopoly of violence.
He urged the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to warn his men to abide by the rules and not to serve as agents of provocation in the hands of the Ondo State Government.
He accused the APC-led government of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of continuous pursuit of promoting violence ahead of the election.
The PDP candidate alleged that his campaign team was again attacked by members of the APC at Ipele.
He alleged the APC members blocked access to the palace and his maternal home with a view to denying him access to both places.
Jegede said: “Prior to our entry into Ipele, touts and miscreants under the APC had unleashed terror on our members with several casualties. These miscreants were dispersed by a joint team of police and NSCDC officers. The DPO of Ipele is alleged to have not only supervised the assault, but also arrested six members of the PDP, including the youth leader, whose hands had been broken by the attackers and beaten to a pulp.
“We would like to warn the APC and its government to know very clearly that no individual has the monopoly of violence. While we are very cautious about the implication of promoting violence in this election, we, however, would not be intimated in our pursuit of victory at the polls.
“For the record, the Divisional Police Officer at Ipele Police Station is hereby reported to the police authorities for gross negligence of his duties to protect the people and collusion with the APC to harass and intimidate our members. We also call for the immediate and unconditional release of our members who were arrested and are being detained on the orders of the DPO and may be charged by the police on trumped up charges.”
APC was yet to respond at press time.