All candidates of the Ondo October 10 governorship election, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party and Hon Agboola Ajayi of Zenith Labour Party , are united on the need for the establishment of the South West local security outfit, Amotekun, recently inaugurated by the State Government.
Jegede and Ajayi however warned on misuse of the outfit during the forthcoming governorship election.
Ajayi’s endorsement of the security outfit came three days after the PDP kicked against Governor Akeredolu’s inauguration of the outfit, describing the development as hurriedly put together to suppress the people.
National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, also kicked against the outfit while inaugurating the party’s National Campaign Council for the governorship election. “Intelligence available to us shows that the outgoing APC Government in Ondo state in its panic, has hurriedly gone ahead to launch the local security outfit Amotekun, with the aim of deploying them to intimidate and harass opponents”,
“We want to warn that state security outfits are at experimental stages and any abuse will mean the end of it”.
Chief Press Secretary to Ajayi, Babatope Okeowo said that, “I know that he attended the establishment of the programme in Ibadan. We were there together. He also spoke about the need for beefing up our security using community method. He is not against Amotekun. But will surely be against using it for election manipulation or violence.”
Ajayi said the people of the Southwest needed to be protected, hence the Amotekun initiative was desirable and acceptable to him.
Jegede on his part, speaking through his Head , Media Research, Samuel Fasua , said it was a noble initiative but “My prayers and hope are that it (Amotekun) will not be misused.”
Recall that the Governor had assured the people of the state that the Amotekun Corps is not an independent regional outfit but a complementary effort by the governors of the Southwest to engender unity, peace and security.