Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Afenifere urges Mimiko’s opponents to accept defeat

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Afenifere Leader, Reuben Fasonranti, has advised  governorship candidates who lost out in Saturday’s  election in Ondo State to accept their defeat as sportsmen.

Mr. Fasonranti, who  said they should wait for another term to re-contest  the governorship, advised them to  return  to the drawing boad.

The elder statesman  said the victory of Gov. Olusegun Mimiko represented  the wishes of the people of Ondo State.
He said the election was free, fair and peaceful, adding that those who lost the election had no reason  to compalain.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser tothe President on International Relations, Pius Osunyikanmi, said the victory of Mr. Mimiko was  a welcome development.

He said the victory was in line with the wishes of the electorate in Ondo State.

“We must note that  the victory lies on the record of Mimiko’s  performance in the first tenure in office.

“It is a clear signal for those who are aspiring for leadership position at all levels of governance,” he said.
He said Nigerians were  easy to govern because they appreciate and reward good leaders for their performance.

Meanwhile, Mr Mimiko has dedicated  his victory to the people of the state.

The governor, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN)  at the Government House in Akure shortly after he was declared winner, expressed gratitude to the people of the state.

He pledged that he would continue to work harder in the pursuit  of good governance  in order to justify the confidence reposed in him.

The PDP, however, said  it would  set up a committee to investigate  alleged  cases of electoral fraud in the Ondo State governorship election.

Reacting to the return of  Mr. Mimiko for another four-year term with a total vote haul of 260,199, the party said that investigation of the cases would  enable the party to decide on whether to seek redress at the Election Petition Tribunal.

The PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr Ayo Fadaka, also told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on phone that  security was not adequate in the rural areas.

“The security provided by the government was not adequate in the rural areas. We are compiling the list of  towns and villlages affected in the state,’’ he said.

Mr. Fadaka also  alleged that INEC did not conduct any election  in two wards in Ilaje local government areas, and that the ad hoc staff did not turn up.

“We will definitely   seek redress  if  there are enough reasons from our investigations,’’ he said.

The Ondo State Chairman of the ACN, Olorunshola Adesoji, however, refused to comment on the outcome of the election.

He told  NAN on phone  that he was unaware of the outcome of the governorship poll and was not in a position to comment.

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