By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday accused the Police as well as top officers of other security agencies of allegedly aiding Governor Oluwarotimi of Ondo State and the All Progressives Congress, APC over the pockets of violence recorded in some parts of the state during campaign rallies.
According to the PDP in a letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari where it appealed to the President to help put a stop to the violence, the party said the ploy was to intimidate voters ahead of the October 10 governorship poll.
An open letter addressed to the President and signed by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Peretei, also accused the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, of colluding with Akeredolu to cause mayhem in the state.
Pereti alleged that top security officers had given free access to political thugs to maim and kill the people of Ondo State to achieve a desired political objective.
The letter partly read “We believe that there is complicity involving even the Inspector General of Police and some service chiefs.
“Anywhere Akeredolu goes to campaign, about five or six buses loaded with political thugs, wielding guns, accompany him. Only on Tuesday, September 22, these thugs unleashed violence on the people during Akeredolu’s campaign in Idanre.
The party emphasised that all the petitions written in relation to the violence unleashed on the people of Ondo State by suspected APC political thugs were ignored by the security chiefs.
PDP further alleged that following Akeredolu’s invitation to the DG, DSS in Abuja over the violence recorded at a campaign in Ondo State, Fayemi led him to the DSS boss and other service chiefs, with the objective to soften the ground for him to continue his reign of terror in Ondo State.
Meanwhile, the APC has stated that it has no reason to support violence as it described the allegation as uncoordinated blackmail.
According to the APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Alex Kalejaye “The APC has it on good authority that the unannounced alliance between the PDP and the Zenith Labour Party is geared towards attacking each other and blaming the ruling party”.