The PDP said the sponsors of the advert are mercenary politicians.
The Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has distanced itself from a congratulatory message published by a group within the party to felicitate with the state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, on his re-election.
A group within the party had on Friday congratulated Mr. Mimiko, Labour Party candidate, in some national dailies for his re- election in the last governorship election in the state.
But, the PDP’s State Publicity Director, Ayo Fadaka, said over the weekend in a statement that the congratulatory message was sponsored by a group of mercenary politicians with no established pedigree in honour and commitment.
Mr. Fadaka added that the sponsors of the advertorial are members of a flippant group who see in politicking a chance to make lose money that confers no respect on them.
“Our attention has been attracted to an advert in the Friday 16th November edition of the Punch where a group of people who styled themselves as Executive of the Party sending a congratulatory message to Dr Olusegun Mimiko on his so called re-election, a matter we as a Party has taken to the Election Petitions Tribunal.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we want to completely dissociate our Party from the said message as it is the handiwork of a group of mercenary politicians with no established pedigree in honour and commitment, a loquacious and flippant group who see in politicking a chance to make lose money that confers no respect on those on that pedestal,”Mr. Fadaka said.
The party claimed that the advert was sponsored by the handlers of Mr. Mimiko “whose mindset is mainly primed on misinformation, generating disinformation and sustenance of falsehood all in a desperate attempt to paint a picture of a non-existent mass acceptance of a Governor who stridently pursued an agenda in office to compromise the last election.”
“Ondo State is perhaps the only place in Nigeria now where the INEC Voters Register was compromised and overloaded. Therefore , strange names that were not on the same Register during the 2011 election found their way into the 2012 Register.
“These were names that Mimiko collated when he was executing his ‘Kadi Igbeayo’ Identity Card Scheme, yet they will want the world to believe that the election was free and fair,” the PDP spokesman added.
Mr. Fadaka said his party would prove in due course all the fraud that was perpetrated by Mr. Mimiko in connivance with the local INEC staff.