ACN adopts Mimiko for second term by imposing Akeredolu, says Segun Ojo *LP chairman urges Jonathan to deploy 5000 military personnel for Ondo election
Owo (WorldStage Newsonline)-- A former governorship aspirant of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Ondo State, Chief Segun Ojo on Thursday stated that by imposing Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) on other aspirants in the coming governorship elections in the state, the leader of the party had indirectly adopted the candidature of the incumbent governor and the governorship candidate of Labour Party (LP) Dr. Olusegun Mimiko for the second term in office.
Specifically, the former commissioner for finance under the administration of Late Chief Adebayo Adefarati in the state said by imposing Akeredolu is a confirmation that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had endorsed Mimiko for the second time in office as the governor of the Sunshine State.
Speaking at Methodist Primary School, Owo, venue of the flag off campaign of Dr. Mimiko for the second term in office as the governor of Ondo State, Ojo who formally declared his return to the Labour Party after a sojourn in ACN, said: “Tinubu has by his action of imposing a candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) who is unpopular and without political structure in Ondo State, on all other aspirants, as the governorship candidate of the ACN in the forthcoming election, has technically adopted Mimiko for the second term in office as the governor of the Sunshine state and we all have no other option than to support the candidature of Mimiko for the second term in Office ”
The former ACN governorship aspirant who said he retraced his step into the Labour Party because he could not be a party to a situation where Ondo State would be governed through remote control by external force.
He confirmed his return to LP without nursing any personal grudge against anybody in the party by singing a song: ‘Ija pari Ogun ti tan’ in Yoruba language.
“What we are witnessing now is a confirmation that Tinubu wants to rule Ondo State by proxy through imposed District Officer (DO) just as he did in Ekiti, Osun and other neighbouring states that would soon regret the action of the ACN leadership.; this I can never be a party to.”
Ojo who is a respected and formidable politician from Owo division of the state declared that the Owo division had no political agenda and therefore would do everything possible within his political influence to ensure that Mimiko wins 80 per cent of the votes cast during the October 20, elections.
“We don’t have Owo agenda, but good governance which we have witnessed under the leadership of Dr Olusegun Mimiko in the last three and half years as the governor of Ondo State. We shall do everything possible to ensure that Dr. Mimiko scores 80 per cent of the total votes cast during the October 20 election.”
Also speaking at the flag off campaign, another former governorship aspirant in the ACN Dr. Olu Agunloye said Tinubu picked Akeredolu because he had seen him as a personality he could easily put in his pocket and therefore be in total control of the state resources.
Agunloye therefore called on the people to reject the candidature of Akeredolu during the governorship election, saying the state “is now under the control of leadership that is achieving great feats and could be trusted further for greater achievements.”
Meanwhile the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP) Chief Dan Nwanyawu lauded the President and Commander in Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for deploying of over 3000 military personnel to support policemen in Edo state during the recent governorship election held in the state.
The national Chairman of the Labour Party who requested President Goodluck Jonathan to send at least 5000 military troops to the state during the October 20 election argued that that doing so would guarantee free and fair election in the state with one man one vote principle.
Speaking shortly after his presentation as the governorship candidate of the Labour Party for the October 20 election, Governor Olusegun Mimiko stated that in pursuance of his electoral promises he kept with the people of the state, he would continue to serve the people of the state with greater passion if given the opportunity to return to office after October 20 election.
He said more than before, he would work to ensure that life is made more meaningful to every resident of the state,