The Ondo PDP says Mr. Mimiko did not win the elections on a free and fair basis.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, and his Labour Party, of evading the service of the notice of the petition filed by PDP gubernatorial candidate, Olusola Oke.
In a statement by the Olusola Oke Campaign Organisation, Sunday, the organisation and the Ondo PDP berated the governor for evading the notice of petition three times. The campaign organization said the elections tribunal would have begun trial but for the Mr. Mimiko’s elusiveness.
It described the action of the governor as contempt of rule of law and uncharitable conduct.
The PDP candidate and his party had earlier approached the tribunal to challenge the victory of Mr. Mimiko in the October governorship election, on account of malpractices, manipulation of INEC’s vital documents, and substantial non compliance.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the three times the court bailiff set to serve petitions to both the Labour Party and Mr. Mimiko, he met a brick wall.
On the three occasions, the organisation said, the governor was reported to be busy with state matters while the offices of secretaries and officials dedicated for the governor’s mails were locked.
The reason Mr. Mimiko is dodging notice of service, according to PDP candidate, is to enable them (the Labour Party) work on the petition which was allegedly leaked by Wole Uzzi, the Director of Legal Services of INEC to one Tunde Atere of the Ondo State Law Commission; and beat the fourteen days deadline for response.
“This is an act of cowardice and panic fueled by the guilty conscience of a governor who allegedly procured victory under the basest, most corrupt and most shameful circumstances ever seen in history. Which state matter should be more important than defending the legitimacy of government?”
“One would have expected the man who claimed victory with clean hands to jump up with genuine excitement and enviable confidence and walk up to the temple of justice with despatch and pride”, he said.
Mr. Oke’s team said they are not surprised by Mr. Mimiko’s actions.
“ All chameleonic moves, deceptive propaganda and wild media frenzy have expired in the face of the determination of the people of Ondo state to find out who lied and rigged during the election.
“The governor’s evasive act is unhelpful to him more so now that the secret of the judicial victory that installed him in office in 2009 has been found to be allegedly based on falsified and manipulated documents of the State Security Service,” the campaign organisation stated.