Monday 22 October 2012

Ondo Election Rigged Through Security Agents – ACN Candidate

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State have been congratulated by President Goodluck Jonathan for earning a second term in office through his victory in the governorship election on Saturday.

Mimiko, a member of the Labour Party, defeated the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olusola Oke; the Action Congress of Nigeria candidate, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN); and others.

While the PDP commended the people of Ondo State for voting Mimiko for a second term in office, the ACN cried foul, saying the election was rigged in ACN strongholds.

The ACN candidate, Akeredolu, however, faulted the result of the election, saying it was not “a reflection of the people’s wish.” Spokesperson for his campaign organisation, Idowu Ajanaku, on Sunday, said through a text message to the Punch that “the election was rigged in conjunction with security agents. There was no election in Idanre. The election in strongholds of ACN were cancelled.”

Ajanaku said that despite the cancelled areas, ACN’s outing on Saturday was impressive. “The good showing of ACN in the election shows we are back in this state for good,” he said.

Also, the ACN, in a statement by its National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, said it was scrutinising the result of the election.

The statement reads in part, “As a party of democrats, we in the ACN have always known that the choice of who governs has always been that of the people in situations where the electoral process is transparent and credible.

“Our party believes that there was and still is need for change in Ondo State. Thus, our party will study carefully the general details of the result with a view to taking a final position. Our party will continue this post mortem analysis of the lapses in all the institutions involved in the conduct of the Ondo election.”
You may wish to know that Senate President, David Mark; his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, have also congratulated Governor Mimiko.

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