Action Congress of Nigeria has denied reports that it is planning to use violence to win the October 20 Ondo State governorship election.
The Labour Party had claimed that the ACN had engaged the services of thugs to cause violence during the election.
A statement by the Director of Publicity of the Akeredolu Campaign Organisation on Sunday said the allegation was “a product of panic and hallucination on the part of the LP”.
The statement said, “It will be recalled that we have on many occasions raised the alarm over the activities of the LP since the beginning of the campaign. The latest was an attack on market women wearing ACN shirts in Akure on Friday.
“The LP seems to have soon forgotten the historical antecedent of Ondo people. We are compelled to remind Governor Olusegun Mimko that the people have a character which repels oppression and would not accept intimidation even at the risk of their lives.
“We did not ‘import’ thugs to win elections in Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Edo, states. We will not need to ‘import’ thugs or anyone to win in Ondo State. The people are tired of the deception and promotion of token effort being described as mega projects by Mimiko.”
The party warned the LP to desist from “unprovoked attacks being unleashed on our members”, saying it would “return fire for fire from now on”.
It also appealled to the police and other security agents in the state to remain neutral.