From TUNDE RAHEEM, Akure
Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has expressed confidence that the people would vote for him in the October 20 governorship election based on his track record of performance and longstanding relationship with them. Mimiko who is seeking re-election for a second term in office under the Labour Party (LP), spoke at his hometown in Ondo during a campaign tour of the city, said that he was the most qualified amongst all the contenders for the position, having identified with the people, worked for them and above all, having brought the state on the path to sustainable development as governor.
The governor also described the two opposition candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and that of the Action Congress of Nigeria (AACN) Olusola Oke and Rotimi Akeredolu respectively, as not only political neophytes but strangers and stooges of political godfathers only out to milk the state of its resources. “The people of Ondo State will vote for me because they know me and I live with them. In the last three and a half years, we have been working for the people and we have delivered on our electioneering promises.
If you vote for me again, I will continue to work for you. You all know me, I am not a stranger in your midst; I have been your commissioner and when I was your commissioner, I did well for you; I was your Secretary to State Government (SSG); when I was SSG, I did well for you. I was a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and when I was there, I did well for you so you all know my antecedents unlike some people who want to now govern you out of the blues,” Mimiko said. While challenging the PDP whose candidate, Olusola Oke, had promised to continue with the legacies of Dr Olusegun Agagu who ruled the state before Mimiko if elected, to name one major monumental project in any part of the state done by Agagu, he regretted that the track records of a man who was rejected by the people at the poll in 2007 was what Oke is now brandishing again.
He assured him of a resounding defeat. On the ACN, which the Governor described as the party of the sweepers, Mimiko noted that its candidate, Rotimi Akredolu deserved pity because he had shown that he could not even fathom the shenanigans of his godfather. Said Mimiko: “Akeredolu is a puppet and it is obvious that he is Tinubu’s errand boy and is being sent here as his (Ajele) District Officer. And let it be told that our people want a real governor not a district officer. Let me tell you that Akeredolu’s plight as a minion of Tinubu was manifested when they came to campaign here last week. Throughout the campaigns, it was Tinubu the godfather, not Aketi who was waving from the open roof of the jeep while Akeredolu was nowhere to be found.
But when I came here, I was the one waving to you and dancing with you. God is our godfather; we won’t bow before any other god. “Indeed, let me inform you that Aketi has no say in the disbursement of his campaign funds. Tinubu was the one who brought his finance manager from Lagos to spend the money. Isn’t that how not to be a governorship candidate? “Let me ask the people of Ondo State: Is it a governor you want or a district officer? If the answer is yes, that you want a real governor as I can hear say; then cast your votes for me on October 20 because I am one of you.
“Because you know me; because I have always worked for you; because my heart is with you, I won’t take your money abroad. Rather, I will use your money to work for you so that hunger, want, deprivation will be banished from our land.”