CPC attacks Bakare for backing Mimiko

CPC accuses Mr. Bakare of trying to botch the party’s chances of winning the Ondo governorship elections.

The former Vice Presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, Tunde Bakare, came under attack from his party, Wednesday, for publicly predicting an opposition win victory in the forthcoming Ondo State governorship win.

In his forecast of the outcome of the October 20 polls, the Save Nigeria Group convener, on Monday, made clear his support for incumbent governor and candidate of the Labour Party, Olusegun Mimiko, and foretold a future of economic boom for the state. He predicted a “landslide” win for Mr. Mimiko, in an election being contested by the CPC.

The remarks have sparked scathing rebukes from the state chapter of his party.

Speaking on behalf of the party, the Ondo CPC candidate, Soji Ehinlanwo, said Mr. Bakare’s opinion contradicted the views of the majority of the people of the state and particularly CPC members.

In a statement signed by the Director- General of Mr. Ehinlawo’s campaign organisation, Yomi Adetimehin, the party said the endorsement of Mr. Bakare reflected a detachment from the realities in Ondo.

The party accused Mr. Bakare, a pastor, of defying the party’s position in Ondo State and at the national level, a development which, according to them, undermined its alliance plans for 2015.

It also accused the cleric of scuttling a similar effort in the build up to the 2011 general elections.

“We believe that such counter–productive disposition can make discerning observers to impute motives other than noble,” the party said in the statement.

“We are inclined to also wonder whether the endorsement given by the pastor, takes into accounts that many in Ondo State are embarrassed by the recklessness that has now come to be associated with OSOPADEC and which is even a subject of investigation by the EFCC.”

OSOPADEC is the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission.

The CPC accused the incumbent governor of embarking on a borrowing spree and wasting a purported N61 billion that accrued to the commission in the last three and a half years.

“No one conversant with the mandate areas of this commission could say he has seen any evidence of even one billion naira spent in the specified areas,” it said.


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  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Dr Olusegun Mimko has done well and can boast of various developmental structures that can be seen physically by everyone in various sectors of the economy like the Agriculture settlement farm-to-own at Ore/Odigbo,Mother and Child hospital-a UN noted,mothern markets built in various locations round the state,Mega Schools built all over the state,Auto Market along Ilesha/Owo express road,Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic Medical Centre,Ondo, dualisation of airport/Oba Ile to Akure,Fiwashaye Girls School to Adesida Road,Re-designed and asphalted Adesida/Oyemekun Road,Akure and various roads and other projects in Owo,Ikare,Ondo,Okitipupa and Idanre and other parts of the state.
    Ondo State indigenes are well educated elites and must not allow any ACN-political Godfather Ashiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu to use his stooge-Rotimi Akeredolu to take over and control our state natural resources for his personal enrichment.
    Ashiwaju Bola Tinubu’s wealths after being two times governor of Lagos State is questionable and Ondo State do not need fictitious and gimmical regionalism agenda to fraud Ondo State natural resources.Ondo State indigenes can competently handle Ondo State natural resources without resort to a fake Lagosian who originally came from Iragbiji,Osun State and dropped his identity and took up a new name Bola Tinubu.
    On october 20,2012,Ondo State compartriots must re-elect Dr Olusegun Mimiko-Labour Party team for continuation of the ongoing massive infrastrucutures projects statewide.
    Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan,
    Writes From Canada.