The Nigeria Police and the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti have warned aspirants against any form of misconduct during and after the party ’ s governorship primary election slated for today (Saturday) at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti .
The warning came amid palpable tension that has enveloped the state ahead of the primary election .
Former governors Kayode Fayemi and Segun Oni ; Mr . Opeyemi Bamidele and Mr . Babafemi Ojudu are among the over 30 aspirants contesting the election .
The outgoing Commissioner of Police in the state , Mr . Abdullahi Chafe , on Friday , asked political parties and aspirants participating in the primary election to be careful in their conduct.
Chafe , who retired on Friday , warned aspirants not to indulge in activities capable of throwing the state into chaos.
He said the APC primary would be his last duty in the state , but gave an assurance that the new commissioner who would take over from him was also up to the task of maintaining law and order before , during and after the July 14 governorship poll.
He said all the party leaders in the state had not only signed a pact to be of good behaviour , they had also made commitments to control their followers .
A chieftain of the party , Akinlayo Kolawole , also urged all the aspirants and their supporters to embrace peace during and after the governorship primary election.
He posited that the world was watching the APC , noting that the outcome of the election would determine the party ’ s chances in the main election.
In a statement in Ado – Ekiti, Kolawole, who is eyeing the Ekiti North Federal constituency II , appealed to all aspirants to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship and avoid any action that could promote crisis in the party .
According to him , the future of the APC lies in the hands of the delegates, urging them to do what is right to secure the future of the party .
He also appealed to the election committee to give equal opportunity to all the aspirants and let the wish of the people prevail .
“ Whosoever emerges should be magnanimous in victory while others should be strong in defeat . The winner should be supported by all to enable the party to claim victory in the forthcoming election . ”
Meanwhile , there was tension on Friday over the governorship primary election .
A group within the APC , Ekiti Coalition for Dynamic Change , on Friday alleged that a governorship aspirant had brought two buses loaded with thugs from Lagos to disrupt the election.
It also accused a former governor of the state , Mr . Segun Oni , of an unholy alliance with former governors of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South – West and the incumbent Governor of Ekiti State , Mr . Ayodele Fayose .
Also on Friday , a landlord, Ilesanmi Ola , who owns the house that one of the aspirants, Oni , used for his campaign organisation , said his residence was invaded by hoodlums on Wednesday night .
He said the thugs destroyed his vehicle while his wife, Dr . Tolulope Ola , sustained injuries while escaping from the assailants.
He said , “ I had just parked and I entered the building to pick an item when the four thugs emerged from nowhere and attacked the car I parked at the entrance.
“ My wife, on sighting them, ran away and fell into a gutter in the process . The hoodlums retreated when an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps guiding my house quickly responded .
“ I have reported the case to the police . I believe the attack was politically motivated because some people wanted that building for their campaign office but I can only give it to one person . ”
At a press briefing in Ado Ekiti , the ECDC Publicity Secretary , Chief Felix Ajayi, alleged that the former PDP governors had transferred the sum of N127m to Oni through a former APC member of House of Representatives , Oyetunde Ojo , to buy delegates.
The group warned the delegates against misplacing their votes in the primary , alleging that the former governor had agreed to return to PDP after winning the election .
The group also alleged that Oni received another N100 m from Fayose through his Chief of Staff , Dipo Anisulowo , where he allegedly agreed that he would provide a soft landing for Fayose if they assisted him with funds to win the primary election.
“ We , therefore , call on peace – loving members of our party and committed delegates to watch out for the antics of these desperate politicians who cannot win but want to discredit the whole exercise , ” Ajayi said .
Ajayi said the matter had been reported to security agencies for prompt response .
Responding to the allegation , Oni said the barrage of attacks against him in recent times attested to his popularity and underscored how important he was in APC .
Dispelling the allegation through his Media Director , Mr . Steve Alabi , he said , “We are not disappointed in any way . At a time , they said I will defect to SDP ; it is now the turn of PDP. I will not do anything that will compromise my integrity . I did not collect money from anybody, including Chief Anisulowo .
“ I ’ m on the field canvassing for votes. Let them go and do same . I am a strong contender in this race and nothing can distract me from my focus . ”