2019: Mimiko Promises Restructuring, Says Nigeria Is Not Beyond Cure

Ex-Ondo Governor Mimiko Dumps PDP
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The presidential candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, Olusegun Mimiko, says a Nigeria of his dreams where Information Technology will be the essential anti-corruption tool, is achievable.

The former Governor of Ondo State said this on Tuesday during an interactive session tagged ‘Conversation With Mimiko’ which took place Ibadan, Oyo State.

He also reiterated his commitment to restructuring, noting that all the tiers of government must play active roles in ensuring national development.

According to him, restructuring is not a north versus south debate, but one that must advance development in every part of Nigeria – creating jobs and wealth for all, irrespective of tribe or religion.

Fielding questions from newsmen, Mimiko said much emphasis is being put on foreign manpower for the execution of capital projects in the country when Nigeria has more than enough professionals who can do better jobs, faster and cheaper.

He also frowned at the current state of infrastructure in the country and opined that a lot could be achieved if local manpower is deployed in the critical areas needing urgent attention.

The presidential aspirant further stated that he is confident that if given the chance to rule the country, he will implement policies that will limit movement of high denomination cash, put an end to delay of justice and insist on equitable distribution of the Commonwealth of the nation.

Mimiko’s Return To Labour Party Sparks Controversy

 

The return of former Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, to the Labour Party has sparked controversy, following his resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Dr Mimiko was presented a membership card of the party by the LP leadership in the state on Thursday amid cheers from supporters at his ward in Ondo town.

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But his return has triggered mixed reactions from the two supposed factional leadership of the party, one led by Dr Mike Omotosho and the other chaired by Abdulkadiir AbdulSalam.

The former governor had communicated his resignation from the PDP in a letter to the national leadership of the party on Wednesday.

He had said, ”I hereby with utmost humility inform you of my decision to resign my membership of the PDP with effect from today, June 13, 2018, for some well-thought-out personal reasons.

“It was an honour working with the many prominent Nigerians with whom I shared the PDP platform for the entire period I was in there as a member.”

However, a factional chairman of LP Dr Omotosho described Mimiko’s return as unfortunate during an interview with reporters in Abuja.

Omotosho reaffirmed his commitment to repositioning the party as truly belonging to the Nigerian workers.

He also dismissed claims by some politicians parading themselves as the party’s candidates in the governorship election in Ekiti State.

But the other PL faction faulted the statement that the former governor cannot return to the party.

AbdulSalam, disclosed the position of his camp to Channels Television on Thursday during a rally to welcome Mimiko in Ondo town.

Speaking in company with two other national executive committee members of the party, he noted that the faction of the party that rejected the former governor is not recognised by law.

Ex-Ondo Governor Mimiko Dumps PDP

The immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Labour Party.

Mimiko revealed this in his letter of resignation to the PDP leadership in the state, informing them of his decision to leave the party.

In the letter addressed to the PDP on Wednesday, the former governor explained that his reason to leave the party was personal to him.

It read, ”I hereby with utmost humility inform you of my decision to resign my membership of the PDP with effect from today, June 13, 2018, for some well-thought-out personal reasons.

“It was an honour working with the many prominent Nigerians with whom I shared the PDP platform for the entire period I was in there as a member.”

Mimiko thanked the PDP leadership and members of the party for the support he received while in the party.

Four Killed In Ondo Bloody Cultist Clash

Four Killed In Ondo Bloody Cultist ClashFour persons have been reportedly killed in Ondo town, the headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of the state, in a bloody clash that broke out between two cult group members in the town on Friday.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He also said the police have made some arrests in connection with the clash, while investigations are still ongoing to unravel the root cause as well as bring all the perpetrators to book.

Joseph however stated that officers from the Divisional Police Station in the town have since intervened and peace has been restored to the area.

Furthermore, he disclosed that the police have not been able to establish whether the clash had any political undertone or involved any politicians in the town as was being rumoured by some individuals.

The violence was said to have coincided with the home coming of the immediate past Governor of the state, Olusegun Mimiko, who is an indigene of the town.

The state Commissioner of Police, Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, had previously assured the residents of adequate security of their lives and property, sending warnings to criminals to desist from the acts or leave the state.

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria
A Yoruba leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo

The leaders of the Yoruba race in South West Nigeria have resolved to push harder for the restructuring of the country before the next general elections.

This, they intend to achieve by setting up a high powered committee to rouse the people to network with other people of like minds across the country.

The plan was one of the major resolutions of the meeting of the leaders of the group known as the Afenifere in Akure, Ondo State, country home of its National Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

The meeting which had the theme ‘Yoruba Rise For Restructuring’, was well attended by Yoruba leaders with the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, also in attendance.

At the end of the meeting which lasted for about four hours, the Publicity Secretary of the organization, Yinka Odumakin read the communique.

The leaders expressed worry by the mass killings going on in Southern Kaduna, Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, among the Igbos and all over Nigeria.

The meeting also cautioned that there is urgency to insist that the country must be restructured before going into another election as it cannot continue to slide dangerously the way along the path of anarchy and total disintegration.

Also, the leaders unanimously agreed to get all hands on deck for mobilisation towards the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.

The roll call of leaders present at the meeting are: former Secretary to Federal Government, Olu Falae; Secretary General of Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa; former Senators Adegbenga Kaka and Iyiola Omisore.

Others include Chief Bode George, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Pa Cornelius Adebayo and Chief Kole Omololu.

Two of the leaders who spoke to newsmen; Prof. Banji Akintoye and Chief Bode George, also emphasized empowerment, restructuring as well as the implementation of the 2014 national conference recommendations.

The meeting also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the appointment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and equally commended the outgoing governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko for good governance in the state.

Mimiko Set To Inaugurate 100 Legacy Projects

Mimiko Set To Inaugurate 100 Legacy ProjectsOndo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, is scheduled to begin the inauguration of legacy projects executed by his administration across the state.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, who disclosed this in Akure said, over 100 projects had been lined up for inauguration by the Governor before the expiration of his tenure in office by February 2017.

According to the Commissioner, the projects lined up for inauguration include the International Event Centre in Akure, also known as The Dome.

The event centre has three oval domes with full architecture, with the hall in each of the domes capable of sitting 5,000 guests and hosting three events simultaneously.

The Dome also has a complementing event hall and has the capacity to sit 3,000 with syndicate room stores.

Akinmade said: “The structure consists of three linked concrete platforms standing on an array of reinforced concrete columns and beams. All three platforms are roofed separately with Valmex Mehatop super able fabric on steel framed domes, with Dome 1 and 3 being the same size and Dome 2 being of a Sauder size.

“The complex is accessed from Dome 1 with the administrative section at the rear end of the structure. The domes are flanked on both sides by convenience spaces, while the dome platforms serve as exhibition spaces, VIP lounges, bars, syndicate room stores and clubs, among others.”

About 35 mega schools across the state will also be inaugurated, in addition to an ultra-modern 18-hole golf course designed to advance tourism in the state.

The Akure Democracy Park, with ample parking space to complement it, is also scheduled to be inaugurated; in addition to the Owo Township, Arakale and Oba-Ile Airport dualised roads, all with accompanying furniture; while the Civil Service Training Institute in Ilaramokin is also slated for opening.

Other projects set to be inaugurated, according to the Commissioner, are the Ondo Township Stadium; Chicken Processing Centre; Sericulture unit of the state’s Wealth Creation Agency; the Trauma, Surgical and Kidney Care Centres in Ondo; Comprehensive Health Centre, Igoba; Community Health Post, Adejubu; Doctors’ Quarters in Ondo and Ilaramokin; and Basic Health Centre, Isarun.

Others are health facilities in Bajare; basic health centres in Akomowa, Ojumu, Adaja and Ipinlerere; as well as the Emergency Medical Services Base in Ilaramokin and Bolorunduro, among others.

Also slated for inauguration are the Ado Road and the Akure semi-mechanised abattoir.

While stating that all the projects proposed for inauguration were unique in their different ways, Akinmade said that the semi-mechanised abattoir, for instance, would address the hygiene issue associated with regular slaughter slabs.

Mimiko Hosts Emir Of Kano, Preaches National Unity

Mimiko Hosts Emir Of Kano, Preaches National UnityGovernor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has declared that the major adversary Nigeria has is mass poverty and not ethnicity or religion.

Mimiko made this declaration while playing host to the Emir of Kano‎, His Majesty Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and his entourage at the Governor’s office in Akure, the State Capital.

According to the Governor, there are centrifugal forces trying to tear Nigeria apart.

“I have said it severally that there are centrifugal forces trying to tear us apart but we need relationships like this to remind us that we are one people. The major adversary we have in Nigeria is mass poverty and not ethnicity or religion,” he said.

He maintained that people of like minds can work together to build a country that all Nigerians will be truly proud of.

“People of like minds can actually build these bridges, leverage on what we have to actually‎ build a country that we all will be truly proud of. I think it is a challenge before our new generation who are global citizens.”
Mimiko Hosts Emir Of Kano, Preaches National Unity

Meanwhile, in a brief chat with newsmen after meeting with the Governor, the Emir refused to talk about the Nigerian economy, corruption or politics.

He said that he was in Ondo State to felicitate with the Osemawe of Ondo on achieving ten years on the throne of his forefathers, to wish him the best and bring good wishes from the people of Kano to the people of Ondo.

The Emir equally congratulated Governor Olusegun Mimiko on eight years as governor of Ondo State.

“No, I don’t want to discuss on that, I came here to felicitate with the Osemawe of Ondo on achieving‎ ten years on the throne of his forefathers, to wish him the best and to bring good wishes from the people of Kano to the people of Ondo and to also congratulate the governor on eight years as governor.

“I will not make any statement on the economy or corruption or politics.”

The parmount ruler of Ondo Kingdom, the Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Adesimbo Kiladejo, and some of his high Chiefs were in the company of the Emir for the visit.

Ondo Election: One Killed In Owo Violence

ondo election, owo violence As preparation for the Ondo governorship election reaches climax, there are reports of an outbreak of violence in Owo, Ondo state, which has led to the death of one person.

An eyewitness account told Channels Television on Friday, that the fight erupted between supporters of two major political parties running for Saturday’s governorship election.

Several houses were said to have been burnt during heavy fighting also on Thursday night.

According to the All Progressives Congress, (APC), “the attack was meant to provoke violent reaction” from its members, “to cause break down of law and order, to give INEC an excuse to postpone tomorrow’s election”.

The People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), on the other hand, has accused the APC of championing the shooting and the killing, just to create the impression that the PDP is fueling violence.

Meanwhile the State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has again called on INEC to postpone the elections, saying that the candidate of the PDP, Eyitayo Jegede was only upheld as the party’s candidate barely 48 hours ago.

He also argued that the PDP’s agents selected for Saturday’s election are loyalists of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim and that they are reportedly working with the APC against the PDP.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, for INEC, Mr Segun Agbaje, earlier on Friday, re-iterated that the commission would go ahead with the Ondo governorship election, slated for Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Buhari Holds Talks With Mimiko And Lalong

Mimiko Meets Buhari, Says Jegede Remains PDP's Lawful Candidate,President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the outgoing Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko and the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, at the Presidential Villa.

The meeting comes amidst preparations for the governorship election that will hold in Ondo State on November 26.

Reporters were not allowed to cover the meeting held behind closed doors.

There are indications that discussions about the election may have been held, as Mr Lalong is the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship campaign in Ondo State.

While the governorship election date draws near, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State is enmeshed in crisis over the party’s candidate for the election.

The party with two factions have put forward two candidates for the election – Eyitayo Jegede and Jimoh Ibrahim.

The electoral body had added the name of Mr Ibrahim to the list of candidates vying for the governorship seat, as the representative of the PDP, in obedience to court order.

But Mimiko is backing Mr Jegede, to emerge as his successor and he is battling in court to get the candidacy of Mr Ibrahim revoked. The court has, however, reserved judgment on his suit indefinitely.

After the meeting that lasted for about 30 minutes, Mr Mimiko told reporters that claims that he wanted to dump the PDP for the All Progressives Congress, a party President Buhari and Mr Lalong are members of, was false.

Mr Mimiko said he was at the villa to brief the President on the security situation in his state.

Few days ago, after Mr Mimiko received President Buhari who was in Ondo State for the campaign of the candidate of the APC, rumours spread that he was planning to defect to the APC since his preferred candidate could not make the list of candidates for the election.

But Mr Mimiko said the President was in his state to campaign for his party and that he extended to him the courtesy of receiving him at the airport and seeing him off as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not as an APC member.

He decried insinuations that the gesture was a sign of plan to defect to the APC.

You Are Not INEC, Ondo APC Tells Mimiko

Ondo Election: Mimiko Condemns INEC's Candidates' List APC reactsThe All Progressives Congress has reacted to a comment by the governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not take part in the governorship election if Mr Eyitayo Jegede’s name is left out as the candidate of the political party.

Governor Mimiko had insisted that Mr Jegede was the right candidate of the PDP in the state and not Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, whose name was in the list Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released as the candidate of the party.

The decision of the electoral had sparked protests within the state in an electoral process that shows the divide that is in the party.

The electoral body had said that its decision was based on an order from the Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice Okon Abang.

After several protests could not force the INEC to change its decision, Mr Mimiko said the PDP would not participate in the forthcoming election if the verdict of a panel set up to look at the issue does not reinstate Mr Jegede as the flagbearer of the PDP.

But the APC is not happy with the statement. The party says it will not fold its hands and allow any political party to play games with the future of Ondo people.

The Deputy Director General of Akure Central ‎Senatorial District of the APC, Honourable Ifedayo Abegunde, told reporters in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, that they would put in all efforts to ensure that the November 26 governorship election is not rigged by any political party.

“‎I want to say that the governor is frustrated. He is frustrated because of what has happened to him, regarding his candidate Eyitayo. It is not an easy pill to swallow. If someone is in that state of mind, you have to excuse whatever he says. He is not INEC so who is he to say the election will not hold?” he questions.

“As far as we are concerned, this election will hold on the 26 November and by the grace of God. The APC and its flagbearer, Akeredolu, will surely win that election,” he boasted.

On the wrangling within the APC which led to the emergence of the AD in the state, he said: “The AD, is insignificant.  To build the structure of a party ‎is not a day’s job. The AD used to be in government in Ondo State as far back as the days of Adefarati, but as it is today, nobody knows AD. The people of Ondo State are ready for change and going by our Slogan, We Say “Otun, Otun” meaning “think anew and act anew”.

He expressed hopes that the administration of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, if elected, would lead the people out of economic stress and rejuvenate the state’s economy.

“People of Ondo State are ready for him and we believe the victory will be ours.

“We are committed to doing the right things with this election. We will not allow anyone to rig nor cause chaos before, during or after the election. It will be a peaceful one,” he told reporters.

Also, the Senator representing Akure Central Senatorial District, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, said the APC had been in the opposition for the last eight years, stressing that it is time for the party to move to the mainstream in the state’s polity.

“Our people are responding very well and we are sure of victory. We are not deterred by the movement of some members out of the party to AD, but we are working hard to ensure that everything will be fine for our party.

“There are no wounds, when there is any contest. Some people will feel disgruntled, some will accept the result of the election. I contested and I accepted the result of the election and here I am today working with the candidate of the party.

“I am a party man and I will work for my party and not sabotage it in any way and I believe that by the grace of God, we will achieve the result we all pray for. APC will definitely get to the Government House,” he said expressing optimism on the outcome of the election that will hold on November 26.

Ondo PDP Elders Demand Justice On Primary Election

Ondo PDP Elders Demand Justice On Primary ElectionSome elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State have come out to condemn the replacement of the name of Eyitayo Jegede with that of Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s candidate in the November 26 governorship election.

Addressing newsmen in Akure, the state capital, the leader of the group, a former Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Olu Agbi refered to the court ruling and INEC’s decision to change the name as a rape of democracy.

He insisted that it is a prerogative of parties to nominate their candidates and not courts.

Agbi stated that this incident would create an unusual precedence for elections in Nigeria which will not be comfortable for our nation.

Agbi sounded a note of warning to the federal government that the experience of 1983 crisis must not be allowed ‎to repeat itself in the state.

He maintained that the will of God must be respected and protected so as to guarantee the peace and development of the state.

The choice of Mr Ibrahim has triggered series of protest staged by supporters of Mr Jegede, who claimed he was the legitimate candidate of the PDP.

The protest followed a list of candidates for the Ondo governorship poll published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC selected Rotimi Akeredolu as the APC flag bearer while Ibrahim was chosen over Jegede to represent the PDP in the election.

The list also revealed Mr Olusola Oke as the candidate for the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

Members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have also publicly condemned the choice of Ibrahim, describing INEC’s action as “an ungodly black market order”.

Jegede Supporters Take Protest To Akure Monarch’s Palace

Jegede supportersThe supporters of Mr Eyitayo Jegede stormed the palace of the paramount ruler of Akure on Saturday to protest INEC’s replacement of the name of their man with that of Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP candidate in Ondo governorship election.

Thousands of protesters, including members of the State House of Assembly, party officials and supporters blocked the major highways, singing solidarity songs in support of Jegede with placards ‎sending across their message.

At the palace of the Deji of Akure, the Chairman of the Makarfi faction of the PDP in the state, Mr Clement Faboyede, spoke on behalf ‎of the protesters.

Faboyede appealed to the royal father to appeal to INEC to declare Jegede as the PDP candidate in the governorship election as he was the one duly elected.

He insisted that no court has the right to determine the candidate of a party in an election.

Mr Faboyede had on Friday made a similar call during a press conference, where he argued that it is not the duty of any court to impose or dictate candidates for a political party.

“It is a pre-election matter and the Supreme Court which is the highest order of judiciary in this land, severally, has said it that pre-election matters are not matters of the court,” he stated.

supporters blocked the major highways, singing solidarity songs in support of Jegede
Supporters blocked the major highways, singing solidarity songs in support of Jegede

He added that Mr Jimoh Ibrahim is not a member of the PDP in Ondo state.

Responding, the Deji of Akure, HRM Ogunlade Aladelusi, appealed to the‎ judiciary to ensure that everybody gets justice, without which there will be unrest.

However, a member of the House of Representatives for Ondo East/West Constituency, Joseph Akinlaja said that another court judgement would come that will ‎restore the name of Jegede as the PDP candidate in the governorship election and INEC must abide by it.

‘Ungodly Black Market Order’

Similarly, members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have also made their position in the ongoing controversy known.

Addressing a press conference at the Nigeria Union of Journalist Press Centre in Akure, the state capital, the Speaker of the House, Hon. Jumoke Akindele, ‎refered to the court order that the name of Jegede be replaced with that of Ibrahim as an ungodly black market order.

She stated that the members of the House, as representatives of the people, condemn the act, saying it is an advanced political fraud ‎and a coup against the will of the people.

The Speaker insisted that the PDP primary election that produced Jegede was the authentic one, referring to the Ibrahim ‎faction as a group of unprincipled elements.