Peter Dada, Akure
The Ondo State chapter of the Alliance
for Democracy has accused the ruling
All Progressives Congress of planning to
arrest and jail leaders of the opposition
Addressing a news conference in Akure,
on Tuesday, a chieftain of the AD, Mr.
Tolu Babaleye, said the plan to arrest
and jail some Ondo AD leaders was
hatched after President Muhammadu
Buhari visited Akure to campaign.
Specifically, Babaleye said that the
Director General, Olusola Oke Campaign
Organisation, Bola Ilori, and some
leaders of the AD in various local
government areas had been pencilled for
arrest and would be detained till after
the election coming up on Saturday.
The party also said that a serving
governor in the South-West and a
serving minister from the South-West
were leading the clampdown against the
AD leaders in Ondo State.
Babaleye said, “The plan to arrest and
detain our leaders has been uncovered.
The APC leaders, including a serving
governor of the South-West and a
serving minister, are the ones behind
“They’ve mobilised people, security and
money to achieve the plot. They are
desperate to crown their stooge as
governor of Ondo State. The people of
Ondo will not accept rigging,
intimidation and harassment.”
The party called on Buhari to ensure
that the election went free and fair,
adding that the number of inconclusive
elections in the country was worrisome.
“President Muhammadu Buhari must
show that his administration is ready to
live above board. Elections should not
be a do-or-die affair. The coalition of
evil forces against Oke shall not
“The APC leaders from Ogun and Ekiti
states have stormed Ondo State to
execute the plot to instal the APC
candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, by all
“They are afraid because they know that
Oke remains the strongest of all the
candidates in the race. The fear of Oke
is the beginning of wisdom for them,”
the AD said.
Meanwhile, the Action Alliance on
Tuesday declared support for Oke.
The National Secretary of the AA, Mr.
Kenneth Eze, who announced this,
explained that the party had resolved to
work with the AD candidate in the
November 26 election.
He stated this at the grand finale of the
campaign of the AA held at the
Democracy Park in Akure, the Ondo
State capital, on Tuesday.
Eze said, “For the purpose of this
election, the National Executive
Committee of our party has resolved to
merge our party’s structure with that of
the AD candidate, Olusola Oke. Instead
of voting for AA on the election day, our
members will give Oke their votes and I
am sure their votes will count to make
Oke win the election.”
Corroborating Eze, the candidate of the
AA for the election, Mr. Yinka Orokoto,
said though he was still the candidate
of the AA for the election, his supporters
should vote for Oke.
“Don’t vote for the AA again, vote for
the Alliance for Democracy in the
election on Saturday,” Orokoto told his
supporters, some whom were also at the
Addressing his supporters, the AD
candidate, Oke, insisted that there would
be no room for rigging in Saturday’s
election, saying all the people of the
state would stand by their votes.
He said he was the most popular and
experienced candidate who would
transform the fortunes of the state for
He said, “They don’t want to campaign;
we hear that they are planning to rig the
election but that will not be possible for
them. We are all watching them; we
want to see how they want to do it.”
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