Ondo Poll: Do Not Trigger 1983-type Crises In Ondo, Buhari Warned

By Ikenga Chronicles November 1, 2016

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Nigerian Ambassador to Greece, Professor Olu Agbi, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari government not to allow the political crisis of 1983 to repeat itself in Ondo State.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Thursday declared Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the PDP, removing Jegede’s name. What followed the action was protest in some major towns in the state on Friday and Saturday.

Agbi stated this at the end of a meeting of PDP leaders in Akure, Ondo State capital on Monday, insisting that the removal of Eyitayo Jegede’s name as the candidate of the PDP was an injustice that negates the principles of democracy.

“We have been monitoring the event for the past few days; it is a rape of democracy. It is the prerogative of a party to choose its governorship candidate but what we are having now is an unusual precedence in this country.

“It is a deliberate act to destroy the peace and progress of Ondo State and we don’t want that peace to be truncated. We don’t want the political crisis in 1983 to repeat itself, when many properties were destroyed and many lives were lost. Many of those that were affected are still suffering till today.”

“That is why we are calling on the Federal Government to correct the injustice, to save Ondo State from imminent crisis. Where there is injustice there can never be peace and stability,” Agbi said.

He added that “once the injustice is addressed, there will be no crisis in the state,” he urged the judicial arm of government to correct the injustice.

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