Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in the Ogun State elections, Ladi Adebutu, has notified the public of assassination attempts on his life in the pursuit of his mandate at the election petition tribunal.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the March 18 gubernatorial election after scoring 276,298 votes.
Adebutu, who polled 262,383 votes, came second in the election, losing to Abiodun with 13,915 vote margin.
However, the PDP claimed INEC did not calculate the figures properly saying the number of canceled votes which they claim are more than 40,000.
Speaking to pressmen at a conference in Abeokuta yesterday, Adebutu said he had intelligence who warned him to avoid crowded areas.
He said: “I’ve been warned that I should mind myself wherever I go, that I should not go to crowded areas because, maybe one day I will be killed.
“The truth of the matter is that it is a PDP mandate. I don’t pray to die, but it is a PDP mandate and it is the people’s mandate. I am sure it will be easy to reclaim even if they kill me.”
Adebutu spoke further that, “We are determined; if they want to kill us, it’s okay. They brought killers from Lagos to attack our candidate in Sagamu 2. Luckily, the man escaped through the balcony.”
He condemned “the attacks on PDP members in Ogun,” especially in Remo axis of the State, charging security agencies to stop turning blind eyes to the attacks on his supporters
He charged Ogun people not to allow anybody to make them prisoners in their own towns and villages, stating that “we are all Nigerians.”
“If you continue to allow them to abuse your rights unabridged, you will become their prisoner. You must resist the abuses. I will not become a prisoner in Nigeria.
“They want to compel you to start hiding at home. I am not going to do that. I’m going to go everywhere,” he said.
Meanwhile, the PDP candidate said the party has approached the tribunal to seek redress, expressing confidence that he would win at the tribunal.
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