Ade Adetimehin, the Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, says the party will not condone the use of thuggery within its fold in the state’s coming governorship election.
NAN reports that Adetimehin made this disclosure on Friday in Akure while playing host to a team of political observers from the United States Consulate General office in Lagos.
The chairman said, “A party that is diligently serving the people, and positively affecting the economy, has no business resorting to violence to win an election”.
He assured the guests that the party would ensure a free and transparent governorship primaries for all aspirants.
Adetimehin said that the APC, as the only party with viable presence in all the 203 wards of the state, would enjoy “a smooth ride to victory” at the election.
“Why would you need to encourage thuggery in an election you are sure is going to be a walk-over for your party?
“We won’t encourage thuggery; we will rather sell our candidate to the people of Ondo State by reminding them of all we have been doing for them with the mandate they gave us. We don’t believe in violence,” he stated.
Adetimehin noted that there was no governorship aspirant of the party, who had visited the state working committee of party to indicate his gubernatorial intention.
Earlier, Jillian Itharat, the leader of the team and a political officer at the consulate, said that the team was covering political development in the South West of Nigeria.
Itharat explained that the team was in the state to familiarise with political parties, and acquire good knowledge of thhe situation on ground ahead of the election.