Ondo Protest: President Buhari calls for calm
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged citizens of Ondo State to remain calm, as he assured them that any form of injustice surrounding the candidacy of the Peoples’ Democratic Party , PDP, in the state would be addressed.
The PDP’s candidate for the Ondo State Governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede was on Thursday evening, substituted with Jimoh Ibrahim by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Sate Governor, Olusegun Mimiko told journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, that “the President has promised to look into the matter and that if there was any portent injustice; he gave the assurance that it will be rectified.”
Governor Mimiko said the primary election that led to the emergence of Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of a faction of the party was not monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
“INEC knows very well that Jimoh Ibrahim’s primary election was in Ibadan, Oyo State and there was no report by security agencies that the security situation in Ondo State warranted the movement of that primary election to Ibadan or anywhere outside Ondo. INEC was not present at Ibadan to monitor the process. From the point of morality, under INEC’s guidelines, the time for the substitution of candidates has now elapsed,” he said.
Threat to Peace
Mimiko said the action taken by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC was capable of jeopardising the peace of the state.
“We see this action of INEC as potentially dangerous. It can cause a breach of the peace in Ondo State and environs and that is why as the Chief Security Office r of our dear State, I have come to alert the President of the potential danger of this injustice so that we can nip it in the bud,” the Governor stated.
He added that his government had worked so hard in the last seven and half years to sustain peace in the state and would not sit back and allow selfish interests to destroy it.
INEC had on Thursday evening, substituted Eyitayo Jegede with Jimoh Ibrahim for the November 26 gubernatorial election in Ondo State.
This, however, did not go down well with some supporters of Jegede, who took to the streets in wild protests, insisting that INEC’s decision be reversed.
This prompted the visit of the Ondo governor to the State House to brief the President.