– Akeredolu claims that Gov Olusegun Mimiko is working secretly to ensure a postponement of the Ondo election
– Mimiko denies the allegation, adding that Akeredolu is jittery because he knows he will be soundly beaten, if tJegede is cleared by the court to participate in the coming election
The campaign organization of the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged that Governor Olusegun Mimiko is working secretly to ensure a postponement of the Ondo election.
This was disclosed in a statement by Soji Alakuro, the APC director of communications, Vanguard reports.
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But according to the organisation, the APC candidate, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is ready for the election as it urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies not to succumb to the antics of the governor.
The statement read: “We are aware of the untoward moves and pressures being mounted on INEC as well as friendly security heads in the state by Governor Mimiko on the need to postpone the forth-coming governorship election in the state. As a way of laying a false template for such, the governor is plotting a three-day street wide protest in the state capital, Akure and other major towns in the state.
“This is planned to hold between November 23 and 25. Undoubtedly, this is a recipe for violence and the governor should be held responsible for any act of crisis. To say the least, this is a mindlessly conceived move aimed at obstructing the democratic zeal of our people to elect a new governor.
“While we are not against the legitimate right of individuals to pursue cases as they affect them, even up to the Supreme Court, the move such as conceived by Mimiko to mislead friendly security agents as well as INEC is undemocratic, most uncharitable and mischievous. For us in the APC, the party and our candidate, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu are both prepared for the poll.’’
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But in a swift response, Ayo Fadaka, the publicity director of the PDP denied the allegation.
According to Fadaka, the main opposition party in the state was jittery because it would be soundly beaten if the ruling party’s governorship candidate Eyitayo Jegede is cleared by the court to participate in the coming election.
According to him, if Jegede is cleared two days before the election he would dust other candidates because of his popularity and the sympathy he is enjoying because of the conspiracy against him.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari says the 2019 elections should be forgotten if a peaceful election cannot be successfully conducted in Ondo state.
Speaking on the backdrop of the forthcoming election in Ondo state and River states, Buhari directed the security agencies to do their utmost in ensuring violence-free elections in the respective states.