President Goodluck Jonathan, Saturday, sent a warning signal to all the political parties contesting in Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State saying the Federal government will not tolerate any act of thuggery and violence.
He spoke in Akure, the Ondo State capital, during a campaign to round off the campaign of the PDP candidate in the election, Chief Olusola Oke.
Jonathan, who sounded tough in his brief remarks, advised youths and wards, set to be used as cannon folders in the election, to perish the thought or leave the state that day.
He called on parent and guardians to call their wards to order as dire consequences await anyone apprehended for thuggery or violence during the election.
” We learnt that some parties are already breeding thugs but I want to inform the people of this state not to worry about them because the present administration will not tolerate any act of thuggery in the coming election in this state,”the president said.
“We will not allow anybody to frustrate our effort in ensuring that free and fair election is guaranteed in this country”. Jonathan insisted that his administration will not compromise the One- Man, One Vote principle.
The National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamaga Tukur, said that the party’s National Executive Council is solidly behind the candidature of Oke.
Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Committee, who is Vice President Namadi Sambo, commended the President for his free and fair election principle.
The Chairman of the Governors Forum and governor of Rivers State, Mr Rotimi Ameachi, appealed to the people of the state to vote massively for the PDP as state to belongs to the decision makers in the country.
President of the Senate David Mark said the people should vote Oke to correct the past mistake when the state was won by Labour Party.
Former governor of the state Olusegun Agagu said that voting in the PDP government in the October 20 poll will end sufferings of the people and rescue the state from hopelessness.