The Deputy Governor of Ondo State and the governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, Hon Agboola Ajayi, has said that he will defeat other candidates contesting Saturday’s election to emerge the next governor of Ondo State.
Speaking at Owo, in Owo Local Government Area of the state during his campaign tour, Ajayi said he has all it takes to defeat other candidates in the election.
He told the residents not to panic during Saturday’s election, but go out and cast their votes; adding that the threat of violence before, during and after the election is an empty one as security agencies would be on ground to protect lives and properties.
The Deputy Governor regretted the violence that had claimed people’s life during the clashes among rival political parties; just as he advised his supporters not to take arm against anybody, but should go out, vote and make sure their votes count.
He said, “We are here to campaign. We are not here to fight anybody. Please, don’t allow anybody to provoke you. Vote and protect your votes.”
In his remark, former governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, said many people were scared to attend political rallies because of the violence of the past.
Mimiko, who is the national leader of the ZLP, said not less than five people have lost their lives in the last few weeks as a result of political violence.
He said, “They should ask Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu why his party members are using guns to pursue members of rival political parties.”
Criticising the use of shuttle buses meant to convey students of primary schools for electioneering campaign by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Mimiko said, “Our party believes that government projects are for the benefit of the people. They should know that there is life after office.”