Ondo by-elec­tion: Ek­iti CNPP wants Obanikoro sanc­tioned

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

Ek­iti State chap­ter of the Con­fer­ence of Nige­rian Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties (CNPP), has called on Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan to call to or­der the min­is­ter of state for de­fense, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, for al­leged abuse of the mil­i­tary aides at­tached to him.

The um­brella body of po­lit­i­cal par­ties al­leged that the min­is­ter abused his of­fice by us­ing mil­i­tary aides at­tached to him to dis­rupt the re­cent by­e­elec­tion in Ilaje-/Ese Odo in Ondo state.

The con­fer­ence, in a state­ment by its chair­man, Prince Tunji Ogun­lola in Ado Ek­iti, said Obaniko­ros’ ac­tion was a threat to a free and fair elec­tion.

The group said the ear­lier the min­is­ter is called to or­der the best for the na­tion.

Lament­ing the se­cu­rity chal­lenges fac­ing the coun­try, the CNPP re­gret­ted that the min­is­ter in­stead of seek­ing to sur­mount the chal­lenges has rather been go­ing about rais­ing un­nec­es­sary con­tro­ver­sies.

The CNPP said it aligns with the po­si­tion of the Ondo State Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner, Mr Akin Ore­biyi, that Obanikoro dis­rupted the Ilaje bye-elec­tion stress­ing that the min­is­ter had no busi­ness be­ing at the elec­tion venue.

The CNPP state­ment fur­ther noted that Obanikoro has also been ac­cused of us­ing his mil­i­tary aides to stall projects in La­gos State say­ing his ac­tion does more harm to the im­age of the Pres­i­dent than good and ad­vised the min­is­ter not to ven­ture into Ek­iti dur­ing the June 21, 2014 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion as it says the people of the state will re­sist him.

Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro

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