The PDP has stressed that the people of Ondo will resist any form of political imposition ahead of the state's governorship election.
In a recent statement by Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP spokesman warned the authorities against not paying attention to the current the crisis in Ondo state, saying it is capable of bringing down the Nigerian government.
"f INEC had adhered strictly to the letters and characters of the electoral laws and the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria," he started.
He further said,“The external forces should not seat in Abuja and set Ondo state ablaze. Whatever authority in Abuja, whether it’s the executive that is using the judiciary or vise versa, must realise that they cannot for selfish political reasons toil with the fate of millions of people in Ondo state. Who emerges governor of the state should be the decision of the electorate themselves through the ballot and not from any organ of the federal government in Abuja.
“It is a known fact that Ondo people are politically sophisticated and any attempt to truncate the will of the people will be resisted vehemently. References should be made to the 1965/66 and 1983 political violence in the west that brought about the collapse of the 1st and the 2nd Republic. We should therefore be careful not to repeat history," Adeyeye said.
Reacting to the violent protests in the state capital on Friday, October 28, 2016 following the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to pick Jimoh Ibrahim as PDP's candidate for the Ondo governorship election.
Adeyeye said: “The decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the name of Barr Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Saturday November 26, 2016 Ondo state governorship election is not only shocking but also surprising to say the least.
“INEC monitored the primary election conducted in Akure, Ondo state by the Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi led PDP which produced Hon Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, and did not monitor the purported primary election that produced Barr Jimoh Ibrahim which was said to have held in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
“INEC sighted the order from Justice Okon Abang of the federal capital territory (FCT) high court as the reason for publishing Barr Ibrahim’s name as PDP candidate but ignored another order from the Ondo state high court, which is a court of coordinate jurisdiction that compelled INEC to maintain Hon Eyitayo Jegede’s name as the candidate of the PDP," he said.
Continuing, Adeyeye said "The least INEC could have done in the circumstance was to maintain status quo and stick to its own earlier decision pending a superior order or judgment from a superior court. But that did not happen in this case.”
Adeyeye has called on the authority and INEC to take the matter seriously as the reaction of the Ondo people has shown they won't succumb to imposition.