Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Ekiti State and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the weekend exchanged verbal invectives over alleged harassment of persons suspected to be members of the ADP.
While the ADP is accusing members of the ruling party of attacking its members with the aim of intimidating them ahead of the July 14 governorship poll, the PDP described the allegation as a joke and falsehood carried too far.
PDP Publicity Secretary in Ekiti, Jackson Adebayo said: “oPDP will never harass any opposition member as our members are peaceful and law abiding. Not even the main opposition party, APC, can accuse any PDP member of harassing its member, let alone an inconsequential party like ADP”.
ADP Publicity Secretary, Chief Eniola Eponlolaye, had, in a statement, said: “It has been reported by members of our party that some agents of the ruling party in the state have started attacking and intimidating people suspected to be members of other political parties at the on-going voter’s registration centres, thereby depriving members of the public from participating in the registration exercise.”
Describing the alleged attack as act of barbarism, Eponpolaye said the development was highly deplorable and called on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and the law enforcement agents “to deal decisively with whoever is behind these unpatriotic activities in the state.
“All members and supporters of ADP in the state are hereby implored to remain calm by not taking law into their hands as efforts are in top gear to arrest the ugly situation, ” he stated.
The party spokesman denied the rumour making the round in the state that ADP governorship aspirant, Otunba Segun Adewale, may not contest the election.
He said: “The insinuations from the ruling party in the state that Otunba Segun Adewale is not contesting in the forthcoming governorship election of 2018 is false, wicked, mischievous and a mere political propaganda emanating from the jittery camp of political gladiators threatened by the soaring popularity of our aspirant.
“They are jittery as Otunba Segun Adewale has volunteered to pay from his private purse three months salary arrears to all the civil servants in Ekiti State devastated by unpaid eight months salary arrears by the present dictatorial government parading itself as a friend of the masses,” he stated.