…Says Mimiko’s victory marks party’s death in S’West
From TUNDE RAHEEM Akure
Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba Socio-Political association yesterday said the defeat of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the last Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State marked the collapse and final death of the party in the South-West geo-political zone. The group in a congratulatory letter to Governor Olusegun Mimiko, said the outcome of the election signified that Yoruba people had had enough of the ACN and were willing to vote out the party at the appropriate time.
The letter entitled: “Afenifere salutes Mr. Governor and wishes him well,” and signed by the Leader and Secretary of the association, Chiefs Reuben Fasoranti and Seinde Arogbofa, said Mimiko’s victory at the poll was a testimony that people of the zone were tired of political god-fatherism. “We need to remind you that this victory, amongst other things, is victory over god-fatherism, a rejection of political imposition and slavery from outside the state and the people’s hope of a better deal to come.
“One or two of your predecessors in office as governors of Ondo State have one way or the other broken the jinx of second term in office. But yours is unique and not associated with rancour or political upheaval. We appreciate God for you.” The group, however, urged Mimiko to justify the confidence reposed in him by the electorate through the provision of mass employment to graduates and the able-bodied, consolidation of social services to the people and the multiplication of same to those who were yet to benefit from the government’s largess.
“There is need for the exhibition of fair-play and justice to all, and carry the banner of progressive politics into national politics, now that the eclipse of the ACN is unavoidable. “We entered into electoral cooperation with you on the recently concluded election for mutual respect in all ramifications, for you to give better governance to our people, and for the creation of a forum for the emergence of a healthy third force to counter an emerging group, under the leadership of few disrespectful, snobbish, arrogant, ravaging and power-thirsty politicians.”
In a related development , members of the Labour Party (LP) in Ekiti State have congratulated Mimiko on his re-election as the governor of the Ondo State for another four years . The Ekiti chapter of LP said it was happy that the election reflected the wishes of the people and it helped to checkmate the politics of imperialism and expansionism of the ACN. The party said the three and half years experience in Ondo State should be a lesson to the people of Ekiti, saying while teachers and civil servants were rejoicing in Ondo State, the reverse was the case in the neighbouring state.
It said major roads were bulldozed over 12 months ago without any repair, thereby subjecting Ekiti people to real agony and untold hardship. The party advised Ekiti people to join LP to benefit from real progressive politics.