We Need Dedication, Hard Work To Win Ondo, Oyegun Tells APC Members

apc-members-at-ondo-rallyThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Oyegun, has asked members of his party in Ondo State to mobilise for the governorship candidate of the party, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in the November 26, election in Ondo State.

Mr Oyegun told members of the party on Thursday that wrestling power out of the hands of an incumbent government was not an easy task.

“For the APC to win the poll, dedication and hard work are major requirements needed from its members,” he said.

The Chairman of the APC spoke at the flag-off campaign of Mr Akeredolu held on Thursday in Akure, the State’s Capital, which was attended by prominent chieftains of the party from across Nigeria.

Mr Oyegun explained how important the state was to the Federal Government which it is in control of, emphasising that the state must join the mainstream politics.

The APC chairman said they would not allow the state to continue to remain in the hands of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, urging the electorates to give 90 per cent votes to his party.

“Are you happy with the present government in Ondo state? Do you want change? It is not easy to change. It is very easy to change and remove the present government but it requires hard work and dedication. I am convinced that the 26th of this month November is a day for us.

“I assure you that we in Abuja will support you to ensure that the APC takes over power in Ondo. Just as we will not let you down, please, pick your PVC and let it be ready. Tell your friends, family and other relatives, you need to vote for the APC, as this is the only party that can give you the desired change you are yearning for,” he told the crowd of supporters.

On his part, Mr Akeredolu boasted that the APC in the state would not miss the opportunity of joining the mainstream politics.

“We are committed to fighting this course. We should work together to ensure victory at the polls come November 26. We have promised that we will create jobs for the youths, through agriculture, entrepreneurship and Industrialisation.

“Our workers have not received their salaries in a long while but we will ensure that that becomes a thing of the past if we are elected into power.

Members of the All Progressives Congress and supporters at the campaign in Ondo

“We will not frustrate the people but will bring smile to their faces.

“Twice this party has called me and twice I have answered the call. It is a call to serve the people and liberate the people of Ondo State and I believe that together we will triumph, with your support.

“Look at the calibre of governors, ministers and party members here. Let us vote right and vote for the APC, the winning party,” the APC candidate appealed.

He noted that as long as the APC was ruling in Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and other states in the south-west, the party must take over Ondo State.

Some of the top party members at the rally were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, who represented the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who represented the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun Governors, Plateau, Simon Lalong, Borno, Kashim Shettima, Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun, Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal and Bauchi, Muhammed Abubakar.

Others were, Ministers of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, Communication, Adebayo Shittu, Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Uguru, Niger Delta (state), and Professor Cladius Daramola.

Also at the rally were Senator Joshua Dariye, Senator Olorumbe Mamora, Sola Iji, Pauline Tallen, and Chief Ayo Akinyelure, Segun Oni, Adeniyi Adebayo, Isaac Kekemeke, Ali Olanusi, Tayo Alasoadura and Ade Adetimehin, Osita Izunaso among others.

PDP, ACN Ask Court To Nullify Mimiko’s Election

The premises of the Ondo State High Court, Akure, the venue of the tribunal hearing the petitions against the result of October 20, 2012 governorship election, in which INEC declared Olusegun Mimiko as the winner was filled to capacity, with heavy security presence.

This was due to the appearance of the three main candidates in the election: Governor  Mimiko of the Labour Party, Rotimi Akeredolu of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Olusola Oke of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), parties’ officials and loyalists at the venue.

The tribunal proceeding of the day was the adoption of the written addresses of the petitions.

The counsel of the appellants, Akin Olujimi of ACN and Patrick Ikweator of PDP prayed the tribunal to nullify the governorship election because it was characterised by irregularities including the over-bloating of the voter’s register and non-accreditation of voters in some parts of the state.

However, the counsels to Governor Mimiko, Wole Olanipekun; LP, Yusuf Ali and Onyechi Ikpeasu of INEC prayed the tribunal to quash the two petitions and affirm the result of the governorship election because the claims of the petitioners lacked merit and could not be substantiated.

At the end of the adoption procedures, Mr Mimiko’s Counsel on behalf of the legal teams thanked the tribunal judges for their tolerance and understanding.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Andover Ka’kaan thanked all parties involved in the tribunal for their tremendous cooperation. He commended the conduct of the legal counsels for peacefully resolving all arguments in the petitions.

Justice Ka’kaan however adjourned judgement in the two petitions till a later date; adding that all concerned parties will be duly notified of the date.

The Chairman of the three man election tribunal, Justice Andover Kaa’kaan has promised that the judgement will be fair and just; and virtually all the people of Ondo State are eagerly waiting for this.

Ondo Election: Labour Party tells ACN to wait for court judgement

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has come under scathing criticism from the Ondo State Chapter of the Labour Party (LP) over its remarks in the media following their challenge of the victory of Governor Olusegun Mimiko in last month’s election at the Election petition tribunal in Akure saying that the ACN cannot approbate and reprobate at the same time.

The ACN had on Sunday through its Media Assistant; Mr. Idowu Ajanaku attempted to rationalise the reasons the party was in court mentioning allegations bothering on criminal practices against the Labour Party (LP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which they insisted resorted in the election victory of Dr Olusegun Mimiko.

However, the Labour Party in a statement on Monday berated the ACN saying that once matters are in court, it becomes sub judice and should not be a subject of media analysis as the ACN has now turned the matter into, adding that these antics would not avail them favour before the Tribunal.

According to the LP’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Femi Okunjemiruwa, “the position of the Law is that once a matter is in court, nobody should comment on it in the media as the ACN is now doing. If you go to court with weighty allegations as the ones being made by the party, it is necessary on you to be ready to prove these allegations rather than resorting to media rigmarole as the ACN is trying to do, they ought to be aware of the legal maxim which says he who alleges must prove.”

The LP spokesperson while stating that even from the tirades of the ACN as enunciated by its media manager, it was obvious that they were a bunch of confused people merely out to play mischief rather than be serious at the tribunal.

His words: “while we are not going to join issues with those who are, from all intent and purposes, not ready to subject themselves to the rule of the court considering their posturing in the last few months before, during and after the election, we would like to say that some of the issues raised were pre-election matters and not election matters.

“The rule is that since they have gone to court, they should allow the court to adjudicate on the matter rather than trying to play media stunts with all these phantom allegations which they should be prepared to substantiate rather than resorting to a fly in the ointment tactics which failed them during the election.

“It was this party that had raised the issue of over-voting; snatching of ballot papers, arrests of LP and government officials in their press statement. Pray, what will they say at the Tribunal? We are aware that they are merely providing an escape route for themselves when they eventually lose at the Tribunal because all their antics would not avail them favour in the court; he who alleges must prove with concrete facts and not mundane excuses,” Okujemiruwa stated, concluding that the ACN wants to get through the back door, what it could not get through a free and fair election like the one that took place on October 20th.

“Perhaps the party is still under the illusion that the judiciary is still under the control of the cash and carry characters of old. The era of judgement purchase is over and the earlier the ACN realise that the better for them”.

Ondo election was free and fair – Law Professor

A Professor of Law at the Lead City University, Olopade Olusoga on Monday said the Ondo state elections, which produced the incumbent governor and Labour Party candidate, Olusegun Mimiko as winner, was a free and fair as there was no rancour or violence during the polls.

Mr Olusoga, who said he observed the election from his unit at Oke-Igbo, Ile-Oluji, said there was no rigging during the polls. He said the Ondo election passes as any conducted anywhere in the civilised world.

Why Mimiko won Ondo governorship election

Benson Enokhuomehin a member of the Labour Party in Ondo state said the performance of the incumbent governor and winner of last Saturday’s governorship election, Olusegun Mimiko was the major determinant of his success at the poll.

Mr Enokhuomehin , who was speaking  as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said  the enlightenment of the people Ondo state also contributed largely to Mr Mimiko’s success.