The PDP candidate in the last governorship election said Mr. Mimiko fooled his party and the Accord Party.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Ondo State, Olusola Oke, has said that the Accord Party and some leaders of the PDP were used and dumped by the Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, during the state’s election.
Mr. Oke said both parties fell prey to the antics of Mr. Mimiko whom he described as one with an “inverted conscience”.
In a statement by his special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Kunle Adebayo, Mr. Oke said he is justified by the public declaration by the national leader of the Accord Party, Rashidi Ladoja, that his party collaborated with the Ondo state Governor for his re-election in return for trust and promise that Mr. Mimiko will join the Accord Party after the election.
This is coming against insinuations that President Jonathan and the national leadership of PDP allegedly dumped Mr. Oke, their party’s candidate, for Mr. Mimiko in exchange for the latter’s promise to join the PDP.
According to Mr. Oke: “With the avalanche of facts and truth behind the truth exposed by Ladoja, nothing is needed to confirm the fact that Mimiko struck same deal on same terms with two opposing parties, without commitment or loyal intention to both.
“In other words, the two parties were deceived, used and dumped by a desperate character with an inverted conscience,” he said.
He said this is a huge lesson to political leaders that instead of self aggrandizement and parochial view, honour, loyalty, steadfastness and integrity must superintend over all decisions in party matters.
He said it is no news that Mr. Mimiko severally and persistently dropped the name of President Jonathan and PDP leadership during his campaigns.
“It was widely reported how he campaigned in the state saying the President and the Vice President were as one with him,” he said. “It is no news recalling how many millions of dollars of Ondo State money was used to lobby and attempted bribing key Presidency and PDP national officials.”
Mr. Oke accused the Ondo State Governor of duplicity, promising Accord Party his loyalty and romancing elements in PDP by portraying himself as “the candidate of the President and our party’s national leadership”.
Mr. Oke said Mr. Mimiko’s attempt to invest himself in the psyche and conscience of both the PDP and Accord Party has now come, not only as an albatross to himself but to the collaborating elements.
The PDP national leadership was one of the first to accept defeat and congratulate Mr. Mimiko for his victory even as its candidate was challenging the election in court.