The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has condemned and blamed the opposition elements for violence encountered in some parts of the state during the conduct of the governorship and House of Assembly elections.
The governor on Saturday, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, stated that rather than subjecting the exercise to the people’s choice, these undemocratic characters turned a seamless electoral process into a do-or-die affair.
Abiodun who maintained that the reports of the violence came as a surprise as the election started on a peaceful note across the state noted that such acts will not be condoned.
He stated that though normalcy had returned to the affected areas as security agencies swiftly responded, the state government would not hesitate to deal with anyone or groups behind the poll disruption, attacks on voters and snatching of ballot boxes.
While the statement urged the people and residents in the state to remain calm and law-abiding, it further warned the state would not treat anyone responsible for the violence with kids’ gloves.
“The law will take care of those caught to serve as a deterrent to their paymasters and their wards for violating the peaceful atmosphere that Ogun is noted for,” the statement concludes.