The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state has accused Governor Olusegun Mimiko of the planning to manipulate the April 11 House of Assembly election in the state.
The Publicity Secretary of the Party in the State, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya said in a press statement: “Governor Mimiko recently held meeting with some imported thugs (militants) in the State’s Government House to destabilize and scare away voters in the State on Saturday, April 11.”
“We also have it on good authority that the Governor has been inviting all the INEC ad hoc staff -Presiding Officer (PO) (who are majorly Youth Coppers) in all the 203 polling units in the State to meetings in Government House to induce them with money, so that the Rivers system of withholding result sheets could be adopted in the State”.
The Party also alleged that: “The governor is planning to use all arsenals within his disposal to manipulate the April 11 election. He has been begging a cross section of people; the House of Assembly members, Labor Union leaders, Civil Servants, Local Government Workers, Teachers and Artisans, to vote for the PDP so as to secure majority in the House of Assembly to continue perpetrate his dastardly act in the State.
“Mimiko is struggling in the mist of tempest wind occasioned by the defection of his deputy and also struggling to cover the alleged mismanagement of fund for the just concluded Presidential campaign. Undoubtedly, this “political chameleon” must have had the greatest shock of his life with result of last Saturday election swinging in favor of the “roaring” APC in the State.
“His deputy lamented and alleged the Governor of marginalization and exclusion of his followers from the Mimiko’s government; he described the APC as a Party of justice, fairness, equity and freedom. This happened amidst allegations that what fuelled the development was due to lack of trust between the Governor and his Deputy.
“An African adage says, “A man who had suffered public humiliation would rather do everything possible to avoid being bludgeoned to death”. This explains why Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo, his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose boycotted a meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors in Abuja yesterday”.