By Lere Olayinka
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has berated leaders of the Action Congress (AC) for taking their desperation to rule the State to the “ridiculous level of organising protests and violent demonstrations against the government, adding that; “lavishing money on such ventures at this time is a waste of time because it has never worked.”

State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo, disclosed in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti and made available to journalists that some associations and interest groups, both in and outside Ekiti State are being enticed with cash to embark on protests and violent demonstrations under whatever guise.

Olu-Ojo, who cautioned the AC leaders to look beyond their desperation for power and consider the overall interest of Ekiti State and its people, described yesterday protest in Ado-Ekiti by some students as the handiwork of the AC.

He however commended the students of the University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD), College of Education, Ikere and other tertiary institutions in the State for shunning the ''imported protesters”, saying; “The students have demonstrated that they cannot be bought over by the stupendous wealth from Lagos.”

“The new plot of the desperate politicians in the AC is to organise protests and violent demonstrations under whatever guise.

“This is an aftermath of their failure at the tribunal. It is a ploy by the AC proposal experts to maintain their flow of free funds and also present the PDP government in the State as unpopular so as to prepare the ground for their planned purchase of a favourable judgment at the Appeal Court.

“Yesterday, it was rented students from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ife. We are aware that next week, it is going to be either rented market women or Okada riders.

“Already, supposed market women are now being recruited from Ikere with a promise of N1, 000 per person while okada riders are being mobilised from neighbouring towns of Ondo State.

“We are however not bothered by this devilish plot because it will never work. They did more than that during the rerun governorship election of last year. They even went to the devilish and ridiculous extent of paying old women to parade themselves naked on the Streets of Ado-Ekiti. But all amounted to nothing at the end of the day because the will of God still prevailed,” Olu-Ojo said.

While calling on well-meaning Nigerians, especially indigenes of Ekiti State to prevail on the AC leaders to allow peace to reign in the State, the PDP Chairman said; “We are not oppose to people having ambition to rule and pursuing the ambition lawfully. But a situation whereby a party that is pursuing its case at the tribunal is also at the same time sponsoring acts capable of throwing the State into chaos should be condemned by all.”