Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has been accused by the All Progressives Congress (APC) of trying to create a political crisis in the state.
The accusation was made in Akure on Sunday, in a statement made by Abayomi Adesanya of the Ondo state chapter of the party.
Adesanya accused the governor of mobilising thugs and militants to unleash terror in the state.
He said, “We have been reliably informed of the intense mobilisation of thugs and militants, running into thousands, by the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.’’
Adesanya further alleged that on Saturday, Mimiko started disbursing money to mobilise militants and hoodlums from neighbouring Delta and Edo states, as well as a faction of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) from Ekiti and Lagos states.
He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to direct security agencies to beef-up security in and around Ondo State till the governorship election was concluded.
The Ondo state government has however dismissed such allegations – calling it ”baseless”.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Eni Akinsola, said:
“This is baseless allegation.
“In the last seven and a half years of Gov. Olusegun Mimiko’s administration, we have no history of violence.
“The people of Ondo State are capable of defending themselves and protecting their territory.
“We have the history of defending our votes and we do not have the history of depending on external forces and this will not be an exception”.
There has been a political crises in Ondo State since the announcement of Mr Ibrahim Jimoh as the PDP candidate by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the coming election.
Mimiko said on Friday that he had briefed the president of the danger in the decision and had appealed for calm in the state.