Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State on Monday sent congratulatory message to the state’s Governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, made available in Akure, Mr. Mimiko said “it behoves on me as Governor of Ondo State to congratulate the Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and wish him success in the challenging task of governing our dear state.”
The Ondo State governor added that “it is incumbent upon me as Governor to facilitate smooth transition between my government and the incoming one. I will, to this end, provide the ambience for a smooth and seamless transition process.”
Mr. Mimiko’s congratulations came hours after his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, rejected the results of Saturday’s election.
The party accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of rigging the election in favour of Mr. Akeredolu, and vowed to challenge it in court.
While promising to continue to provide leadership to the state until the takeover date, Mr. Mimiko expressed appreciation to the people of the state.
He added that “I use this medium to express my sincere appreciation to all our citizens for the very peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the election period.
“I will not waiver in providing needed leadership to our dear state till the last day of my term.”
He then urged residents to strive to sustain the peace enjoyed in the state for the past seven years and promised to speak with the people as occasion demands “as my eight-year tenure inches to an end.”