By Lere Olayinka
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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni has read riot act to political thugs that might be imported into the State during the April general elections, saying; “Political thugs that come to Ekiti State before and during the elections will be doing so at their own peril.”

Oni, who was addressing a mammoth crowd of Peoples Democratic Party

(PDP) supporters during the flag-off of the Ekiti Central Senatorial District campaign rally and presentation of flags to the party's candidates in Ado-Ekiti over the weekend said; “Next month, this State is going to be hot for political thugs.

“They brought thugs to cause mayhem here in 2007, they did same in

2009 and last year, during the Moba Local Government bye-election, they flooded the State with thugs. This time around however, we are going to be tough on them. We will no longer allow these rascals to turn our land to a war zone.

“Therefore, any thug that is coming to Ekiti next month should have it at the back of his mind that he is coming to face death because we are prepared for them.”

The former governor, who urged support for all the party's candidates said; “Since God has already exposed all the underhand deals that gave judicial victory to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), it is only a matter of time for us to return to the government house. Therefore, we must make our victory total by making sure all our candidates emerge victorious in the general elections.”

Eleven PDP candidates in the Senatorial District received the party's flag. They included the Senatorial candidate, Kayode Alufa, House of Representatives candidates, Dr. Tope Aluko (Constituency I) and Hon.

Kehinde Odebunmi (Constituency II).
The eight House of Assembly candidates were Hon. Bisi Kolawole (Efon), Femi Jegede (Ekiti west I), Ajibade Owolabi (Ekiti west II), Peter Ajayi (Irepodun/Ifelodun II), Abiodun Bankole (Irepodun/Ifelodun I), Bola Aladeselu (Ado II), Toyin Obayemi (Ado I) and Brigadier General Adedunmoye Ayeni (Rtd) Speaking on behalf of the candidates, Alufa thanked the party for the confidence reposed in them, promising not to disappoint the people if elected.

“We thank our party leaders and members for this opportunity giving to us to fly the PDP flag. We won't disappoint you. We will put in all that is within our reach to make sure that we come out victorious in the elections, and I am sure with the support of all of you here and those at home, victory will be ours.”

Also speaking, Senator Iyiola Omisore, who came in solidarity with his friend, Kayode Alufa affirmed the PDP's determination to challenge the Appeal Court judgments, which removed Oni and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola from office in court with a view to upturning them.

Other PDP leaders, who spoke at the rally, included the State Chairman, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo, former deputy governor, Dr. Sikiru Tae Lawal, Senatorial Chairman of the party, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, Senator Ayo Arise among others.