From TUNDE RAHEEM, Akure
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State yesterday berated some of its national leaders for congratulating Governor Olusegun Mimiko over his re-election victory.
The PDP said it took serious exception to the obvious lack of camaraderie in the attitudes of the national leaders of party and the indecent haste of certain functionaries to fall on each other in congratulating Governor Mimiko. In a press statement signed by the state Director of Media and Publicity of the party,
Ayo Fadaka, he described the attitude of the national leaders as not only being ridiculous but undermining the integrity of the party in the state. “Our attention has been drawn to various comments and congratulatory messages sent by the National Publicity Secretary of the party and even some leaders of the party to Dr. Olusegun Mimiko over his victory in the last election that is fraught with irregularities.
This flurry of messages, particularly by our kith and kin in the PDP without due consultation with us at the state level to discover what actually went wrong has the potent tendency to misconstrue our position and the actions we intend to take on this matter. “We take serious exception to the obvious lack of camaraderie in our party and the indecent haste of certain functionaries to fall on each other in congratulating a man who essentially is a beneficiary of a compromised election.
It is important to place on record that the avalanche of the security provided for the election was lethargic and absolutely in contrast to what obtained in Edo State. The posted security men were only visible and present in the urban areas and the rural areas and villages unpoliced, thereby allowing Mimiko and his goons to compromise the election.
“We are still gathering evidences of malpractices perpetrated in this election and what we have gathered so far will shock every apostle of one-man-one-vote to their marrows, therefore we declare most irrevocably that we will contest the result of this election and we assure our people, we will get victory and Mimiko will leave government the same way he came.
“As far as the PDP in Ondo State is concerned, the battle is just beginning and victory is certain, let whoever so desire continue to congratulate Mimiko but we will battle him legally. We call on our members to remain undaunted in the face of this abandonment by those who ordinarily should show understanding and care at a time like this.”