The accusations and counter accusations preceding the forthcoming Ondo governorship elections heightened Thursday as the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s gubernatorial candidate in Olusola Oke, asked his detractors to publish the incriminating information they claim to have on him.
Mr. Oke said his past, particularly his role as former chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, OSOPADEC, was clean; contrary to claims by the opposition that there is a security report which indicted him for corruption.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Olusola Oke was thoroughly screened by all the security agencies, particularly the State Security Service (SSS), INEC and the Peoples Democratic Party,” a statement by Mr. Oke’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Kunle Adebayo, read. “His records in all the offices he has worked were painstakingly examined.”
The statement further claimed that Mr. Oke was “adjudged clean and pronounced fit and qualified to contest the 2012 governorship election in Ondo State.”
We are clean, LP government corrupt
The PDP candidate’s spokesman did not end at absolving his principal of any wrongdoing.
He also accused the Labour Party, LP, which is the governing party in Ondo State, of corrupt activities.
“It (Mr. Oke’s past) is not like the current OSOPADEC where an official was found to have owned over twenty exotic cars and mismanaged over N63 billion,” Mr. Adebayo said.
Mr. Adebayo called for Mr. Oke’s accusers to present the evidence they claim to have before a court of law or share same with security officers. According to him, the claims were only fabricated to help the current governor, Olusegun Mimiko, of the LP, secure a second term.
“Unfortunately for these willing tools, the people of Ondo State are knowledgeable and are ready to vote Olusola Oke and the PDP because of the direct economic benefit they derived when the party was in government in Ondo State,” he said.
“We challenge this merchants of darkroom politics to immediately publish all the so called information or go to hell with their delirious imagination,” Mr. Adebayo concluded.