Ondo election: Mimiko mobilising thugs, militants – APC

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As the people of Ondo State prepare to elect a new
governor on November 26, the All Progressives
Congress in the state has accused Governor
Olusegun Mimiko of plotting to cause mayhem.
The Ondo State chapter of APC, Mr. Abayomi
Adesanya, made the allegation in a statement in
Akure on Sunday.
He said, “We have been reliably informed of the
intense mobilisation of thugs and militants, running
into thousands, by the Executive Governor of Ondo
State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.”
He alleged that the governor intended to use the
recruits to “protest and unleash terror on the good
people of the state from Monday, October 31, in
Akure, Ondo, Akoko areas and Owo, Ore and
Okitipupa.

He alleged that Mimiko on Saturday started
disbursing money to mobilise militants and
hoodlums from Delta and Edo states as well as a
faction of Oodua People’s Congress from Ekiti and
Lagos states.
He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to
direct the security agencies to beef-up security in
and around Ondo State till the governorship
election was concluded.
Adesanya said that the people of the state were
desirous of peace, which should not be disrupted
by the few self-seeking individuals for political
gains.
Reacting to the allegation, the Chief Press
Secretary to the governor, Mr Eni Akinsola,
described the allegation as baseless.
He said, “This is baseless allegation.
“In the last seven and a half years of Governor
Olusegun Mimiko’s administration, we have no
history of violence.
“The people of Ondo State are capable of defending
themselves and protecting their territory.
“We have the history of defending our votes and
we do not have the history of depending on
external forces and this will not be an exception.”
Ondo State has been under tension since the
announcement of Mr. Ibrahim Jimoh as the PDP
candidate for the election.
Mimiko said on Friday that he had briefed the
president of the danger in the decision by INEC and
appealed to the people to remain calm.
(NAN)

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