Ahead of next month’s governorship election in Ekiti State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of turning the state into a war zone.
PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, made the allegation on Monday at the inauguration of the Ekiti State Campaign Council in Abuja.
Specifically, it alleged that the APC was training a special killer squad to kill opponents and disperse rallies organised by the PDP.
The governorship election is scheduled for July 4.
Recall that last week, a governorship aspirant in APC, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele was shut by a policeman at the campaign rally of the party’s standard bearer, Kayode Fayemi.
Speaking at the inauguration, Secondus said: “The motive of these deliberate police state being established by the ruling party is obvious; to distract and disorganise the opponent to enable them hold on to power and establish on party state”.
Secondus stated that the heightened heat in the polity was unnecessary if the APC administration is willing to face the electorate, but regretted that the party is resorting to devious means to undermine the democratic process.
His words: “The signs are there for all to see that the attitude of the ruling party is that of a drowning man desperate to survive and whose posture is ‘if I cannot make it let me go down with others’.
“Information available to us shows that in Ekiti, they are trying to use all skillful underhand means to achieve goals but the people are well charged to not only come out to cast their votes on July 14 but that they are ready to defend it.
“At this juncture, let me warn that if there is any attempt to thwart the will of the people in Ekiti state, there may be no general election and the entire democratic process will be in endangered”.
He reminded the ruling party of the negative consequences of obstructing the will of the people expressed through the ballot box.
Chairman of the committee and Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel said PDP would win Ekiti State because of the achievements of the incumbent governor, Ayodele Fayose.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja