The PDP candidate in the Ondo State 2012 gubernatorial election insists the incumbent did not win the election.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in the October 20, 2012 election in Ondo State, Olusola Oke, has debunked the reports making the rounds that President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP National body disowned him for challenging Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s victory at the Election Petition Tribunal.
Mr. Oke, while speaking to journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said he has a cordial and excellent relationship with President Jonathan. He said the report is one of the antics of the Ondo State chapter of the Labour Party, LP, to destabilize the PDP and cause confusion within the party.
“I have excellent, cordial, perfect and undaunted relationship with Mr. President and the PDP National leaders. I have their full supports to challenge Mr. Mimiko’s victory at the Tribunal. He (Mr. Mimiko) has exploited several avenues using government machineries to cause crisis between PDP in Ondo State and in Abuja, but he has failed.
“He has lost touch. PDP is still a formidable party in Ondo state and no amount of unfounded rumour and antics of the LP controlled government and its agents in Ondo state can pull our party down” he boasted
Mr. Oke, who was the immediate past National Legal Adviser of the party, said he had the approval and full support of President Jonathan and national leaders of the party to challenge the victory of Mr. Mimiko at the Ondo State gubernatorial elections, which according to him was manipulated.
He said he bears no grudge against President Jonathan for congratulating Governor Mimiko after the election saying the president was only performing his constitutional duty as the head of the nation
The PDP chieftain, however, expressed disappointment over the presence of some PDP leaders outside the state at the second term inauguration of governor Mimiko particularly Governor Theodore Orji, whom he described as his intimate friend and confidant.
“I was amazed when I saw Governor Orji at the second term inauguration of Mr. Olusegun Mimiko. Governor Orji is not just a friend but a confidant. He is part of my project. If at all he would come as a governor, I expected him to let me know,” Mr. Oke said.
He described the decision of the election petition Tribunal in the state to strike out some PDP petitions against Governor Mimiko and INEC as a political decision that will not stand the test of time.
“We have appealed the decision of the Tribunal on the affected petitions and we are hopeful and prayerful that justice will be done,” Mr. Oke said
He also described the recent sack of some corrupt judges by the Nigeria Judicial Commission, NJC, as the beginning of restoration of integrity in the nation’s judicial system as this according to him will serve as a deterrent for other corrupt judges in Nigeria.