Sunday, 30 October 2016

Ondo Guber crisis: Akure market shut as protests continue

 Akure, the Ondo State capital on Saturday witnessed another mass protest as people suspected to be members of the Ahmed Makarfi's faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) engaged in another demonstration to protest the recognition of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the governorship candidate of the party by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
 
Members of the PDP led by their chairman, Engr Clement Faboyede and other political appointees in the state stormed the Deji's palace in Akure to protest the INEC’s action.
 
They were also joined by the women in Akure Kingdom who had earlier shut all markets in Akure metropolis in support of Eyitayo Jegede who is also an Akure man. The protesters also barricaded major roads in the town, thereby causing traffic congestion on many roads for several hours.
The major market closed are: Erekesan Market, Oja Oba, Nepa Market, Isikan Market and Isolo Market.
 Speaking at the Deji's palace, the chairman, Engr. Clement Faboyede pleaded with the Deji and other Obas in the state to intervene before it will get out of hand
Faboyede said removing Jegede's name on the INEC list will only pave way for APC to manipulate the governorship election but promised that the party will confront the situation and make sure that justice is done before the election.
 
"We don't want Ondo State to be on fire because our state is peaceful. Some cabals in the All Progressive Congress (APC) are using Jimoh Ibrahim against the candidacy of Jegede. Jimoh is not a PDP member but rather a card carrying member of Accord party.
"Please help us plead with president Buhari and INEC not to set this state on fire because trouble and violence started in 1983 due to purported rigging by the then government of the day. They should not allow this to repeat itself because Ondo state people will never succumb to this injustice." he said.
 
 Reacting, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, thanked the protesters for not taking law into their hands during the protest and also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the crisis arising from substitution of Eyitayo Jegede with Jimoh Ibrahim as governorship candidate by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) according to court orders.
Aladetoyinbo also enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to be partisan in handling the issue and correct any mistake they might have made.
 
"The judiciary should also intervene and make sure that all parties get justice because we don't want any injustice and violence in Ondo State," he said.
    The monarch however said he will convey their message to other Obas in the state and find solution to the problem. He urged them not to take law into their hands during their protest.
Meanwhile, the Alimodu Sheriff faction of the PDP in the state has described the closure of all market in Akure as barbaric and uncalled for saying the move is part of the evil plans of the governor and his agents to fake and stage manage series of protest against the exclusion of his godson’s name on the INEC candidates' list published last Thursday, thereby, deceiving the public that the candidacy of Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim was rejected by the populace.
 
The faction in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Yemi Akintomide and made available to newsmen in Akure, the state capital on Saturday, frowned at what it termed the desperation and pull-it-down at all cost attitude of Governor Mimiko who sworn on oath to protect the people and maintain peace and order across the state.

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