Leading APC gubernatorial candidate in Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu might be threatened with the words of Gov. Mimiko who has openly declared the November 26 election will not hold without the participation of his anointed candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.
Dr. Olusegun Mimiko
The Ondo State governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has declared that governorship election will not take place in the state on November 26, 2016 if the issue of the candidacy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was not resolved.
He, however, said the issue of the PDP standard bearer in the governorship election would soon be resolved by the appellate court. The governor expressed the assurance that the candidate of the Ahmed Makarfi’s faction of the party, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), would contest the election.
The governor stated this on Sunday at the PDP stakeholders’ meeting held in Akure, the state capital according to the Punch.
According to him, the PDP as a party in Nigeria and Ondo State in particular, is a major stakeholder in election matter and no one can prevent the party from participating in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
He said, “I don’t know how they will do it, it is impossible for them to deny us our right. Justice will stand and Jegede will contest this election. Election can’t take place in Ondo State without the PDP.”
"Justice will stand and Jegede will contest the election. Election can’t take place without the PDP."
"We know those that are behind this. It is beyond the President. Their thinking is that without Jegede, they will win but their plan will fail,"
The governor explained that the substitution of name at the Independent National Electoral Commission was a conspiracy because the decision of INEC could not find comfort “in justice, in principle, in law and in morality.”
Mimiko, who noted that redress had been sought by Jegede, the PDP and major stakeholders, assured the party members that justice would be done because the alleged impunity on the matter would not stand.
Meanwhile, Rotimi Akeredolu has been rumoured to be the greatest beneficiary of the internal wrangling of the PDP as his supporters base has continued to skyrocket amidst series of rigorous grassroot campaign while Jegede has been busy at the Appeal Court fighting for his mandate.