THE Akoko All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders’ Forum has warned the supporters of a governorship aspirant in Ondo State, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, against unruly behaviour.
The leaders called for the suspension of a party chieftain, Mr. Bolatife Dawodu, a supporter of the senator, for alleged anti-party activities for six months.
The forum is made up of leaders from the four local governments in Akokoland.
The meeting, which was chaired by the chairman, Chief Felix Aiyegboro, was witnessed by former Deputy Governor Ali Olanusi.
The elders condemned what it described the barbaric attack on a governorship aspirant, Dr. Olusegun Abraham, and his supporters at Oka-Akoko, Boroffice’s home town, during a rally.
They said it was worrisome that the barbaric attack could be carried out in broad daylight by known associates of the senator.
Boroffice was not present at the meeting. His aides said he was busy in Abuja. Actually snubbed his people by not attending the meeting, claiming he was busy in Abuja.
In a statement, the leaders said the suspension of erring members will enhance discipline and stem violence during the electioneering period.
The leaders warned the aspirants against the disruption of rallies of perceived rivals in the shadow poll.
According to the forum, Akoko elders will not support any proud and pompus aspirant who constitute himself into a lord of manor.
The Oka community was asked to tender an apology to Dr. Abraham and his entourage for the unprovoked attack.
The leaders praised Abraham for his mature conduct, noting that his supporters were calm, despite the provocation.
They added: “The aspirants should prevail on their supporters and associates not to resort to violence. The exemplary behavior of Dr. Abraham and his team, who did not to fight back when they were attacked, is commendable.
“The strength of aspirants does not consist in thuggery and violence. Any aspirant who has the support of the people wil not engage in street fight.”
Boroffice’s associates denied any involvement of his group in any unruly behaviour, saying that the group is highly disciplined and focussed.