Ondo North bye-election: Call Interior Minister to order, PDP pleads with Tinubu

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Olalekan Bada, have appealed to President Bola Tinubu to caution the Minister of Interior, Mr Bunmi Tunji-Ojo, against using paramilitary personnel to harass electorates during the 3 February 3 bye-election.

Olalekan Bada is the PDP candidate in the February 3 Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency bye-election in Ondo State.

This was contained in a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of Olalekan Bada Campaign Organization, Prince Seyi Sanni, who said the President should not allow the brigandage that characterized the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election in Akoko North East and Akoko North West Federal Constituency.

His words: “On the alleged instructions of the Minister, paramilitary men were said to have invaded Victory College, Ikare, venue of the primary election in their hundreds. Even when there was no mobile court at the venue, officers and men of Correctional Centre invaded the venue to compliment their colleagues in Immigration, Civil Society, Fire service, etc”.

He said much as Akoko residents and electorates are peace-loving they shall resist any attempt to intimidate them and prevent them from freely electing their representative.

“Akoko people resisted the imposition of leaders on them in the first Republic, they did in the second Republic and are capable of defending their ballot,” he said.

The Director, Media, and Publicity of the Campaign called on officers and men of the paramilitary that may be conscripted to officiate in the bye-election to disobey any illegal and unconstitutional order.

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