NGF Crisis: We Jang supporters almost smashed ballot box, says Gov. Mimiko

Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko

Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, said the anti-Rotimi Amaechi camp of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum almost smashed the ballox box used for the May 24 election which returned the Rivers State Governor to office as chair of the Forum.

Speaking in an interview with the PUNCH, Mr. Mimiko, said once Mr. Amaechi insisted on running in the election, his camp considered two options – walk out of the election venue or smash the ballot box used for the poll.

Mr. Amaechi had at the election, captured on video, defeated his only challenger and an ally of Mr. Mimiko, Jonah Jang 19 to 16 votes, despite massive opposition from the presidency and the top hierarchy of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

But the Ondo governor and a handful of his colleagues have continued to root for the loser of the election and have indeed set up a parallel office for the NGF.

In the interview, the Ondo governor said, “There were two options open to us:  Either we walked out. But if we had walked out, there is a viral input in that constitution which also says that the quorum is 12.

“So, if we had walked out, there was no guarantee that certain people wouldn’t have sat down there and called the press to witness a ‘free and fair election.’

“Of course, the other option was the Nigerian way: Take the ballot and smash it; let there be crisis.

“But you also know that such behaviour is not expected from a governor. Some governors were almost tempted to do that, but we kept saying we should not do it in the interest of Nigeria. It is better for us to come out and say we participated and keep defending it and we know that time will bear us out.”

Mr. Mimiko also said his camp was also poised for a fight after Mr. Amaechi ruled that the election would go ahead in spite of opposition from his colleagues that he should either step down or that votes be cast by raising of hands.

“We were tempted to fight,” he said. “At a stage, we then said in the interest of this forum, let us give him the opportunity to sit there, but if he was sitting there to preside over this election, we would not use his ballot papers.

“We then said it must be by show of hands. We were still arguing when he said Okauru (DG of NGF) should start distributing ballot papers.”

Even after a video clip of the election was released, Mr. Mimiko  has continued to insist that the election was manipulated and that the video was doctored.

“I insist that you must see the full video,” the Ondo governor said. “Our meetings are quasi, informal meetings; if somebody out of disrespect for his own colleagues, or because of some predetermined notion decides to plant video, you should ask him for the whole video.”

He said Governor Jang remained the authentic chairman of the Forum because he was endorsed for the position by both the PDP Governors’ Forum and the Northern States Governors’ Forum.

“…None of the governors is happy with what is happening at the NGF but we are very optimistic that we will come out stronger,” he said. “I think the best thing is for all of us to allow reason to prevail by doing the right thing.

“My position on this issue is clear. It is the turn of the North to produce the chairman and we should allow the Northern Governors’ Forum to present its candidate by consensus. We should just forget about ego and do the right thing.”


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  • Joe

    What a daft argument. Remind GEJ that it is the turn of the north to produce the next president in 2015.

    • odia

      True talk. This man daft and those who voted for him are dafter. it is only in this clime that this type of personality will be a Governor. No wonder Ondo State that was once rich has become almost bankrupt.

    • Bala R

      How many Governors can tell us their grand fathers names? I am not surprise this thing is happening.

  • we nogo die

    Mimiko should either see a doctor by himself or his sibblings, if he has any should assist by taking him to the psychiatrist. This man has gone mad. What is his wife doing, for goodness sake?

    • Bala R

      Gaskiya ce sir.

      • OLA PEDRO

        truth does not hide-no matter the memoirs of the civil war which Amaechi is trying to resurrect form his base-close to aba road

        • jonathan

          ola pedro_na_mpitikwelu_na_Ken Mani we enjoy you better when you use your names mpitikwelu/KenMani/Mani kay- Me I just dey laf for you and your Aso Rock Sponsors!

    • Okoro Omode Adoo

      Thank you my brother, Something serious is wrong with this man Mimiko. I can not believe this is a Governor talking. Jang himself a PDP didn’t go this low. Do people get to this madness becos they are becoming irrelevant. No man this guy Mumu&Co , need help. O heaven have mercy

  • Shame on NGF

    What are the criteria that vote this man in as a Governor? Am sure Mimiko manipulate his election to win in Ondo state, Mr Mimiko and co are you people not ashamed of yourselves 36people vote in a place and you people can’t get it right, what a shame to you and your colleague, Mr Mimiko am sure you rigged your state governor election before you won

    • odia

      INEC said he “won” his second term election . But those who voted were more than those who registered. The case is in court. So you see why he must die defending GEJ.

      • OLA PEDRO

        That was the magic that took place in the south east for Jonathan-more voters than the registered voters-

    • OLA PEDRO

      his achievements unlike Amaechi who was installed by Judge Salami-and some lost and found Ivorians resident in Enugu

      • jonathan

        mpitkwelu_na_ola pedro_na_Mani Kay, how much did Oga on top pay you for these posts?

  • Ide4u

    Miniko is completely full of mischief. He said the vote was rigged, the tape was doctored and that Jang won. What a very dishonest man!

    • OLA PEDRO

      Thank u Mimiko-and pls do all in your power to forget about the regional views being expressed here from the far east of Amaechis support base-sadly d interview is also stale-
      -(The All Progressives Congress has said its governors supported Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to disgrace President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party.The spokesmen for the APC told SUNDAY PUNCH that the merger of major opposition parties was to oppose the interests of the PDP and the President in the NGF election, the way opposition did during the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.The National Publicity Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, said the opposition parties were out to oppose any attempt by Jonathan to act as an authoritarian.) UNQUOTE! Political leaders with a clear vision for the nation discuss ideas-not individuals-what a shame 4 APC

      • jonathan

        ola pedro _na_Ken Mani_na_mpitikwelu_na_afam_na_deri_MrPeter2000,

        you don come again. How now mpitikwelu_na_Awusa_naUgwu, how much are you being paid disguising your names all over the place. I just dey laf oooooo ola pedro_na_Mani Kay! Me I just dey laf shaaa for you.

  • Uduak

    So disappointing. I thought this man was intelligent. So sad

    • Efe1

      I am the most disappointed of all. This man must be reading a statement prepared by PDP

  • tolu

    mimiko pls stop ridiculing yorubaland. are you really a medical doctor ,? because am not comfortable with the level of ur intellect.

  • odia

    Gradually, i am beginning to see those whose political fathers annulled June 12. By their fruits we shall know them.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    You know what the Yoruba people say about the monkey?

    “We will not kill the monkey, it will kill itself”

    If Mimiko has an adviser who can talk frankly to him, he should be told to shut up now. What is his business with PDP family matter or is he is now planning to abandon his LP facade?

    Wetin concern agbero for overload?

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    It is quite very unfortunate that Ondo State Dr Mimiko is still harbouring-PDP mentality by supporting the president Jonathan candidate for the chairman of the Nigeria governors forum-[NGR].
    What is governor Mimiko still doing show-casing himself as opposition political party-Labour Party governor if his loyalty sticks with the non performance,inept,clueless and corruption ridden PDP a political party that has ran Nigeria aground after fourteen years mis-fortuned and corruption ridden rule of Nigeria.
    Governor Mimiko has secured re-election in Ondo State and he careless the political implications of his position on any sensitive and strategic national issues.
    If governor Mimiko supported the president Jonathan choice as chairman of NGF against the re-election of governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State,it is quite unfortunate and very disapointing of any elected governor of Ondo State.Governor Mimiko should better retract his step and be on the side of Nigerian people instead of known failed leadership of president Jonathan and his corruption ridden cabal-thieves.

  • Lanre

    This governor is a disgrace to the valiant people of Ondo, I never imagined that such will come from the otherwise honest, upright State of Ondo.

  • simonibekwe

    THis man is a bohemian and has proved Tinunub was right about his penchant for idiotic politics.

  • Odotu Yaba

    Mimiko is not an Ondo man…he is from Igbira. He’s an Igbira man.

    Please, stop referring to this moron as an Ondo man. He’s not from Ondo. Omo Igbira ni.

    The people of Ondo should send him back to his village.

    • Okoro Omode Adoo

      Well he is an Egbira man No doubt about that, he contested and won. He was born and bread Yoruba man by birth. he wasn’t brought to the farm in Ondo. So please that is not an issue. The issue now is that this man is going mad and sensless, he betray fellow men that trusted him now the fool is betraying GOD. He needs help, This man is about to scatter Yorubaland, but it will fail. just becos his term is over and believing in making it as a Minister under GEJ (surely he can never win a senatorial seat nor House of Rep. this time around for this simple reason now is putting the Yoruba in mud No way your name is Mimiko. You will pay for this your madnesss there is God

    • Sadiq Garba

      You’ve started.

  • Amaechi D-Traitor

    For the avoidance of doubt, I Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi , I am not
    interested in 2015 Presidency. I am only interested in 2015 Vice
    Presidency. I will be glad to be running mate to Sule Lamido or Rabiu
    Kwankwanso or Aliyu Babangida or Abubakar Atiku or Muhammadu Buhari. In
    fact, it is my special dream to be Vice President in 2015 provided a
    Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani is elected President in 2015. I need all
    your support and encouragement. If you need money to enable you help me
    realise my dream please quickly get in touch with me; don’t forget I
    have plenty of Rivers State peoples money in my pocket. If you call and
    my line is busy please call my wife.

  • Amaechi D-Traitor

    For the avoidance of doubt, I Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi , I am not interested in 2015 Presidency. I am only interested in 2015 Vice Presidency. I will be glad to be running mate to Sule Lamido or Rabiu Kwankwanso or Aliyu Babangida or Abubakar Atiku or Muhammadu Buhari. In fact, it is my special dream to be Vice President in 2015 and I am working very very hard to ensure that a Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani is elected President in 2015. I need all your support and encouragement. If you need money to enable you help me realize my dream please quickly get in touch with me; don’t forget I have plenty of Rivers State peoples money in my pocket. If you call and my line is busy please call my wife.

  • Sadiq Garba

    I can see how upright Mimiko is.

    “My position on this issue is clear. It is the turn of the North to produce the chairman and we should allow the Northern Governors’ Forum to present its candidate by consensus. We should just forget about ego and do the right thing.”

    It had shown clearly that Mimikoand his colleagues in the AKPABIO GROUP like heir northern brothers more than the other governors. We’ll expect the same set of people to tell Jonathan and the south-south that it is the turn of the north to produce the next president.

  • Sagba

    Iroko ti gba’bode (compromised)! I weep for this Segun, the son of Mimiko! He should please, keep quiet over this NGF robbery by JANG AND HIS GANG and stop embarrassing those of us who support and still believe in him!

  • Edo

    It wouldn’t have been strange if Mimiko and his cohorts have decided to smash or snatch the ballot box used for the election. That is the way most of them (the bad losers) won elections in their respective states. This Mimiko is getting strange and stranger everyday. Nigerians can see for themselves that, this hard-worn democracy is at greater risk, with Jonathan, PDP and their cohorts like Mimiko parading the corridor of power. Flushing them out of government houses in 2015, is a task for all well-meaning Nigerians. Everybody has a vote, use it wisely.