The CPC governorship candidate in Ondo accused the party’s spokesperson publicly.
Shortly after the governorship election in Ondo State, the spokesperson of the opposition Congress of Progressive Change, CPC, suggested that his party congratulate the declared winner, Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour Party, the CPC governorship candidate in the elections, Soji Ehinlawo, has alleged.
Mr. Ehinlawo, who spoke on Monday in Akure, alleged that the suggestion by Mr. Fasakin occurred at a time the party was still reviewing the election processes, a review that eventually led the party to find out that the election was fraught with irregularities.
“It was Fasakin that brought up the idea of congratulating Mimiko shortly after the election, and I told him clearly that there was no basis to persuade him against stampeding CPC into taking its position.
“I also told him that I was still examining available information from across the state, just like our collaborative partner, Action Congress of Nigeria was then doing and so did not understand his hasty disposition to go to press,” the candidate said.
Mr. Ehinlawo said he also advised “that it was politically illogical for our NEC member (Mr. Fasakin) to support Mimiko because of his closeness with President Goodluck Jonathan against General Muhammadu Buhari during the 2011 presidential election.”
“It is therefore irreconcilable to us that the National Publicity Secretary will attempt to deceive the party to support Governor Mimiko despite his avowed opposition to his party leader General Muhammadu Buhari, even in spite of the double standards and inconsistency this portends,” he said.
Prior to the elections, another top member of the CPC and its vice presidential candidate in the 2011 presidential elections had publicly declared his support for Mr. Mimiko over his party’s own candidate.
I’m not fighting for PDP
The CPC candidate also denied that his party filed a petition at the election petition tribunal in the interest of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Mr. Ehinlanwo denied that all contending parties in the legal battle against the re-election of Governor Olusegun Mimiko were in court to benefit the PDP that came second, saying CPC is determined to stand on the side of the people by ensuring that the irregularities which characterized the last governorship election is reversed at the election tribunal.
The CPC and other parties like the PDP and the Action Congress of Nigeria are challenging Mr. Mimiko’s victory at the election petition tribunal.