21st October, 2014
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Tuesday, threatened that any aspiring member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state that indulge in violent activities, would not be allowed to contest and such politician will be disqualified.
Amosun however hinted that the people of the state would collectively wage war against any politician who had the intention of causing mayhem in the state, adding that, “the era of violence is over in the state”.
The governor gave the warning in Ifo township of Ifo local government area of the state during the continuation of his assessment tour of the local governments in the state.
Amosun was reacting to the violence that broke out yesterday in Ilaro after his convoy had left the town following the assessment tour of Yewa South local government, where Police revealed that one person was reported dead while about sixteen person have been arrested and detained at the police headquarters in Abeokuta.
“In Ogun State, we do not resolve to violence, the era of violence is gone. I was told yesterday that something happened after we left Ilaro. I did not know that anything happened, it was when we finished and was about to leave that I was told that some people were fighting.
“Please, nobody should bring violence to Ogun state again; violence has gone for good in our politics in Ogun state. Anybody that indulges in violence in the state, the full weight of the law would be brought to bear on such people. I want to plead with all of us, nobody benefits from the atmosphere of violence, I have been saying this
everyday, thank God, we are touring the 18th local government today; the era of fighting because you want to get to an office is over.
“Anybody that fights, though, we create level playing field, anyone that indulge in violence, I have the authority of our great party that such people will not contest and will be disqualified by the national headquarters of the party. Whoever is chosen is our candidate, I want to admonish us, we should not indulge in any violence, I am appealing to everybody to show example, I have been saying it, our party, and even Ogun state should demonstrate to other states in Nigeria that we are truly Ogun state.
“Violence is not allowed, anybody that does that, I can conveniently tell you, such person will not contest, I repeat, will not contest and will be disqualified and that I will ensure that it is done. Anybody that indulge in violence will not be part of our great party, they can go to another party, even in Ogun, we will not allow any party to indulge in violence, any party that does that, all of us will jointly fight the person,” Amosun posited.
He, however, enjoined the people to be vigilant and go out en-mass to collect their permanent voters’ cards and register when the exercise commence, adding that, it is the only way to exercise their civic duty.
Amosun however promised that the new city been proposed by the government will soon commence and the project, according to him, will change the face of the local government area and the state at large.
He revealed that the road expansion of the Ago-Ilorin–Coker road in the local government will also commence soon, reminding the people of demolition exercise which will begin soon to pave way for the four lane road in the area.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of the Council, Hon. Oluwole Enilolobo, commended the governor for the massive infrastructure going on across the state, adding that, the people of the council would continue to give maximum support to the present administration.
Dignataries at the rally which was held at the Ifo main garage were led by the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Michael Aremu Adedotun Gbadebo, religious leaders, party faithful from across the nooks and crannies of the local government, market men and women, Igbo and Hausa communities, artisans and students groups.
The local government assessment tour which began three weeks ago will be climax on Thursday as the governor will be at Ado-Odo/Ota tomorrow and end the tour at the Abeokuta North local government area on Thursday.