Mimiko rushes to meet Buhari
Akure, the Ondo State Capital has erupted in violence, following INEC’S removal of Eyitayo Jegede as PDP candidate in its final list of candidate for the forthcoming state governorship poll.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko had rushed to the president villa, Abuja, to seek President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention to contain the violent protests.
INEC had recognised Jimoh Ibrahim of Sheriff PDP faction as the PDP Candidate, instead of Jegede who belongs to Makarfi Faction, in the final list of candidates released on Thursday in Akure.
Scores of protesters blocked major roads in Akure, and some of them were burning tyres along the popular Adesida road.
Shops were hurriedly shut down, while residents stayed indoor.
Meanwhile, Governor Olusegun Mimiko has alerted President Buhari of the implication of the INEC’S recognition of Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of PDP in the State’s Governorship poll.
The Governor after a meeting with Buhari in Abuja, told the state house correspondents that INEC’S decision to name Ibrahim as PDP Candidate, might lead to violent protests.
Mimiko said Buhari had promised to look into the issue.
Meanwhile, Police had assured residents of Akure of their safety from the violent protest.
The command’s spokesman, ASP Femi Joseph, said police were committed to the protection of the lives and property and said Policemen had been deployed to the scene of protests on Oba Adesida road.