Ogun State governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Dapo Abiodun, has said that his ambition does not worth the blood of any citizen or resident of the state.
The business mogul added that he was ”in the race to win and serve, and not to see people killed or maimed for supporting him or the party”.
He added that he would not be happy to govern over families who have lost their breadwinners or maimed as a result of political violence.
Abiodun’s position was contained in statement issued and signed by his spokesperson, Remmy Hassan and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta.
Gunmen had on Saturday allegedly opened fire on his supporters in Odogbolu town, during a political rally, with three persons including a policeman seriously injured..
I am in the race for the governorship to win and to serve, and will not want anyone to be killed or maimed for supporting me and my party.
“I have left the comfort of my highly successful local and international businesses to serve my dear Ogun people. I am confident of my local and global goodwill, connections and networks, that can be put at the service of Ogun workers and people, indigenes and residents. I don’t want my people to be killed, injured or maimed, I don’t want to govern over families that have lost breadwinners or are physically challenged as a result of political violence”.
“The will of the people shall be the basis of government, and this will shall be expressed through a democratic election that is free, fair and credible. I therefore call on candidates of all political parties to play by the rules. In the first place, we are all brothers and sisters. Violence is not the way to go.”
“Our campaign has been issue-based and non-violent. That was the assurance we gave from the onset, that is the pledge we will keep to despite the unwarranted smear campaign from certain quarters, violent attacks, intimidation of our supporters and distractive and diversionary court-shopping by certain opponents who are extremely pained by our growing acceptance by Ogun people”. Abiodun stated in the statement.
He, therefore, urged members of the public to safeguard their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and cast their votes according to their conscience.
“Keep your PVCs to use, as your conscience desire a better Ogun State under a governor who will listen and who will be friendly to workers, farmers, students and all segments of the society.
”Those who have not collected their PVCs should do so. Those who want to buy your PVCs are simply telling you that they don’t trust you to vote for them. They want to debar your rights to vote. Please don’t sell your rights”. Abiodun pleaded with them.