Ademola Adeleke, the governor of Osun State, has directed security agencies to arrest and prosecute hoodlums who may be used by politicians to disrupt elections in the state.
During his first security council meeting on Monday, Mr Ademola Adeleke issued the directive to the heads of the state’s agencies.
Since political parties began campaigning, there has been violence in various parts of the state.
The campaign office of Bola Tinubu in Ilesa was reportedly attacked twice by alleged political thugs. Tinubu is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Another incident occurred when APC and PDP supporters clashed in Ikire during their campaigns, resulting in two deaths and numerous injuries.
Campaign billboards and posters for PDP and APC candidates are being vandalized in many areas of the state.
Sarafa Awotunde, a PDP leader, was recently caught on tape threatening to use violence during the elections.
Mr. Adeleke told the security officers that anyone posing a threat to the state’s peace should be detained.
“I called for this security meeting to assess the level of security in Osun State and to develop plans for how to keep the current peace in our state going even longer. Most of Osun has been calm. I credit our security agencies’ persistent work and strong governance for this,” he remarked.
Violence is not necessary for democracy. Peaceful decision-making is expected of us. Your vote is a form of power. You have the choice of who will rule your state and nation.
Otherwise, violence is against the spirit of democracy,” he continued.
“I hereby order law enforcement to detain and prosecute all known thugs and criminals throughout the state. Agents of violence should be expelled from all locations after a thorough search. He gave the order, “Let the state be made safe for our people to peacefully exercise their right to vote.”
“I also urge close coordination and collaboration between all security services. The most crucial phases of political campaigns have begun, therefore we must maintain the peace and security we have right now.
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