POLITICAL thuggery and violence, which are common features within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fold are about to rear their ugly heads in Ondo state again.
The Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko alerted the people of the state in a state- wide broadcast on both state-owned Television and Radio stations of a planned armed- invasion of all the Local government councils by former PDP Council chairmen in the state.
“I wish to bring to your urgent attention that the peace you have cherished is now being threatened by the former PDP chairmen of Local Government councils” the governor revealed.
According to the governor, the 18 ousted council chairmen filed an action at Akure High Court on 14 March 2009 to invalidate their removal and reinstate them.
He said it was sad to note that the erstwhile chairmen without waiting for the outcome of the court action, which they filed, brow-beat the relevant authorities to mobilize fully armed security personnel to invade the Local Government Secretariat with a view to forcefully taking over the affairs of the councils.
Dr Olusegun Mimiko also disclosed in the broadcast that some Council Secretariats have been looted, while official documents have been either distorted or destroyed.
He stated further that the situation was being deliberately manipulated by elements in the state PDP, who are yet to come to terms with their loss of power in the state, in order to create an impression of instability and a sense that the state is ungovernable.
The governor also revealed that the goal of the PDP was to create a state of anarchy and lawlessness with a view to persuading President Umaru Yar’Adua to declare a state of emergency in the state.
It will be recalled that on November 1, 2007 an Akure High Court presided over by Justice Lanre Akerdolu gave an order in a case filed by the Minority Leader in the Ondo State House of Assembly, Honourable Ifedayo Akinsoyinu and others restraining the defendants, their agents and privies from conducting the Local Government elections slated for December 2007, until the substantive issue raised by the plaintiffs had been resolved.
The government then filed an appeal against this court order, despite the court order, and while the appeal was still pending; Dr Olusegun Agagu’s government went ahead to conduct the purported elections, which were rightly boycotted by the people of Ondo State.
The governor said that the dissolved PDP Local Government executives and legislatures, who usurped office between December 2007 to March 2009 were product of illegal elections adding that as a responsible government, they have no other choice than to dissolve such illegal contraption that the last administration hurriedly put in place
He explained further that the dissolved executive and legislative arms of the 18 councils did not constitute the elected Local Government envisaged in section 7 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Local Government laws of Ondo State.
“It is significant to note that the dissolution of the Local Government operatives was widely-applauded by the generality of the people of the state as not a single incident of crisis or violence was recorded across the state” he concluded.
The governor therefore appealed to the people of the state not to allowed themselves to be provoked to do anything that can impair the peace and stability of the state.
He then enjoined them to remain calm and avoid any form of violence and physical confrontation.
– By OJO FUNSO, Akure