The governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has called on the Commissioner of Police and other security operatives to curb political violence in the state.

Makinde made this known during a press conference held at his campaign office in Omi Tuntun office, Iwo Road, Ibadan.

According to Seyi, violent incidents have been happening in the state which is not encouraging.

''In the past two weeks alone, violent incidents have been witnessed accross the state in places like Ogbomoso, Igboora, Ojoo, Omi Adio, Oke Ado and Oyo respectively"

He further said that security measures should be taken by security enforcement agencies to restore peace and orderliness in the state during the final lapse of elections.

"At a time when electioneering campaign has reached the final lap, there is a need for our security agencies to move fast to douse further tension and save lives and properties."

"We strongly recommend that both the Commissioner of police and his director of state security counterpart must call an emergency meeting of leaders of all the political parties and commit them to an undertaking of peace." He said

He further enjoined religious leaders to preach peace to their followers.

"I want to join our religious and  traditional rulers to ask us politicians to sheath our sword, call our followers to order and preach peace because our political differences must not be allowed to translate into Street wars. Our ambition is not worth the blood of innocent citizens who struggle daily to make ends meet."

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Also speaking on his absence at the BBC gubernatorial debate which took place on the 1st February, he said " Our campaign team had fixed our schedule for Ibadan South East weeks before BBC invited me to a debate which fell on the same day. I therefore used my discretion to choose to meet our people at Oranyan, Oke Odo, Felele, Orita aperin, Beere, and Odinjo amongst other local government areas. The APC cannot arrange my schedule for me."

"In any case why did the APC not raise similar alarm on Wednesday 13th January when I attended the first ever farmers public debate and. Bayo Adelabu who was similarly invited did not turn up and neither did he attend the Radio Nigeria organised gubernatorial debate last Sunday to which he was expressly invited. I was there. The APC should stop blaming others for crimes that they constantly constantly commit." he concluded.

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