Mimiko gets a second term as Ondo governor

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the incumbent Ondo State governor and candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Olusegun Mimiko as winner of Saturday’s governorship election.

The returning officer and Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Professor Adebiyi Daramola announced that the three major contenders for the top seat at the Alagbaka Government House – Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), LP and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shared over 86 percent of the total number of 645, 597 accredited votes.

While the ACN’s candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu polled a total of 143,512 from the 18 local government area of Ondo State, the PDP’s candidate, Olusola Oke polled 155,961 and the winner, Mr Mimiko of the Labour Party got 260,199 of the total valid votes.

Out of the 15 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state, the Labour Party candidate won with a landslide victory in 12 LGAs while the ACN won in two and the PDP was victorious in one LGA.

With his victory, Mr Mimiko broke the jinx of the inability of his elected predecessors including Michael Ajasin, Adebayo Adefarati, Bamidele Olumilua and Olusegun Agagu to get a second term to rule the sunshine state.

Though Mr Agagu got a second term, his reign was however truncated as he was removed by the election tribunal and the Court of Appeal, which declared Mr Mimiko the winner of the 2007 governorship election.

Basking in the euphoria of his re-election as the governor-elect of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko declared that he intends to continue the infrastructural development of the state as well as providing employment for the teeming youths.

Speaking on our flagship News at Ten, the governor-elect squashed the claims by opposition parties, adding that a visit to the state would convince doubters.

Dr Mimiko promised to ensure the engagement of people for his sustainable development agenda, adding one of the greatest lessons he has learnt in the last for years is the willingness of the people of Ondo state to utilise their inherent creativity to further develop themselves and the state.

“This is what I will leverage on for the next four years”, the governor-elected said.

Meanwhile opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said it is studying the results of the Ondo governorship election and will take a final position in due course.

While the national body of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) congratulated Dr Mimiko for his victory, the party’s candidate in the election, Mr. Olusola Oke refused to accept the result of the election, calling the election a “mere charade”.

He alleged that elections did not take place in some of his strongholds and that security operatives were not deployed to the rural areas, thereby disallowing people to come out and vote due to fears of insecurity.

According to INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the state, Mr Akin Orebiyi, the total number of registered voters in the State is 1,638,950; and the number of accredited voters is 645,597. A total of 30,415 votes were declared invalid while the valid votes are 594,244.

Below is a summary of the election results collated for the18 local government area of Ondo State.

 

Local GovtACNLPPDPValid Votes
AKOKO SOUTH EAST3,3306,3163,42513, 582
AKOKO SOUTH WEST13, 62311, 83312,33139, 310
AKURE NORTH5,67110,8574,91623, 195
AKOKO NORTH EAST8,69312,1536,847
ONDO EAST2, 7598,4043,93316,272
OSE6,37611,0715,83324, 620
AKURE SOUTH11,95549,91512,46779,959
IDANRE5,11115,9905,92329,789
ILE-OLUJI/OKEIGBO9,06111,9456,52129,111
OWO17,96714,8706,05841,265
IRELE5,0669,4359, 34125,343
OKITIPUPA8,49511,96821,02443,295
ONDO WEST7,22531,2806,66949,382
AKOKO NORTH WEST9,13811,6757,84729,706
IFEDORE5,52211,0623,97822,223
ESE-ODO2, 9879, 1397, 295
ILAJE 5,7938,53819,28138,506
ODIGBO14,74013,74812,27247,235

Ondo election: Benin-Ore road opened

The Benin-ore expressway which was closed by the joint military and police patrol to prevent entry into Ondo state during the governorship election has been re-opened.

Earlier, Deputy Corp officer enlightenment of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Bisi Kasim had said the closure was to forestall any movement into the area by people who have nothing to do with the election.

With this development, motorists who had been advised by the road safety to ply alternative routes can now use the Benin-Ore expressway.

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Previous report:Dozens of passengers stranded as police close Benin-Ore expressway

As earlier forewarned, the joint military and police patrol unit in Ondo state on Saturday morning closed the Benin-Ore expressway to prevent entry into the state during the governorship elections.

The three main contenders for the top seat at the Alagbaka Government House are the incumbent governor, Olusegun Mimiko (Labour Party); Rotimi Akeredolu (Action Congress of Nigeria); and Olusola Oke (Peoples Democratic Party).

In a telephone interview, the Deputy Corp officer Enlightenment of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Bisi Kasim told Channels Television that the closure is to forestall movement into the state by people who have nothing to do with the election.

He expressed displeasure that despite earlier warnings, there are still a lot of stranded passengers and motorists who are attempting to beat the blockade at the Oni Paraga area in the Ondo axis of the expressway.

One of the angry motorists questioned the rationale behind the closure of the road asking “How can the whole of South-South and South-East be bedridden and imprisoned because of one state election?”

“We have been held up for over 2hours now at the same spot at the border between ondo state and ogun state at the sagamu benin express way,” a passenger posted on Nairaland forum, a social media plateform.

In the meantime the FRSC have advised motorists to ply alternative routes such as the Lagos/Ibadan/Ilesha/Ekiti/Kabba/Okene or Abuja/Okene/Kabba/Omuo/Ibadan.

IG talks tough ahead of Ondo governorship elections

The Inspector General of Police Abubakar Mohammed says the Nigeria Police will not take it lightly with anyone found with arms or breaching the security of lives and property  during the Ondo state governorship elections on Saturday.

Abubakar  who was in the Presidential Villa for a meeting with  Vice President Namadi Sambo on the funding of the Nigeria Police Reform Programme  said he had  embarked on a tour of Ondo state and deployed police officers to ensure that the elections were conducted in a rancour free atmosphere.

The Inspector General of Police who came on board six months ago expressed satisfaction with the federal government’s passion and desire to move the police force forward hence the need for the meeting on police funding.

Mimiko flags off campaigns in Owo

The Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko on Thursday in the ancient city of Owo flagged off his re-election campaign with a pledge to work with renewed vigour towards a better Ondo State just as he took swipe at those who want to capture Ondo State to perish the thought.

According to him, Ondo State will never worship on the altar of any foreign god adding that one million godfathers and their District Officers would meet their match on October 20, when the people shall once again speak loudly with their votes as they did in 2007.

Highlights of the occasion include the decamping of a gubernatorial aspirant of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Segun Ojo and over 500,000 of his supporters into the Labour Party (LP) as well as Remi Okunrinboye who also lead over 200,000 supporters from the ACN to the LP.

Mr Mimiko, who lampooned an opposition candidate whom he accused of not only being a foreigner in the state, who did not registered to vote and never even voted in the state before but suddenly woke up with the idea of governing the state, insisted that the people of Ondo State want a committed Governor, not a District Officer.

He said: “In 2007, we promised to work for you; we promised that your concern shall be our concern; that in all seasons, we will work for you; that we shall unleash our incredible creative ingenuity to develop the State. In the last three and a half years, there are empirical facts on the ground that we have deliver on our promises and Ondo State is working again and we are happier. We have in place over 350 projects in all our rural communities dictated by our people themselves.

“Today, we are here again to solicit for your votes again, we want you to vote for us and I sincerely assure you that we shall continue to work for you with renewed vigour. We have been with you; we know your concerns and aspirations and we have been meeting. We know that you want your children to have quality education without you selling your properties. We will continue to work to make Ondo State a real place of pride in Nigeria; we will continue to develop Agriculture, build more roads, build more mega schools for our children, markets for our women, more hospitals, our cities shall be the best cities in Nigeria”

While nothing that the choice of Owo town as the venue of his campaign flag off was symbolic, Mr Mimiko said that Owo was the de facto home of the progressives in Nigeria because in 1951, the Action Group (AG) was founded in Owo, making it the home of brave progressives when many towns were loath to host the group. “And we as inheritors of progressivism in Nigeria, have latched onto this proud heritage and we have taken hook line and sinker the ethos of progressivism in Nigeria and today, Ondo State is a model and the real progressives as opposed to those who just mouth progressivism by mere words of mouths and not in deeds,” Mimiko said.

The governor used the occasion to appeal to the leaders of the Afenifere who have been lampooned by some so called leaders in recent times for daring to identify with him by describing him as following the footsteps of Pa Obafemi Awolowo saying that the whole world salute them for being the proud inheritors of progressivism in Nigeria.

Earlier, duo of Segun Ojo and Remi Okunrinboye noted that Mimiko would win the election owing to his pragmatic leadership style and the unprecedented level of development that he had been able to bring to bear in the State.

In his own speech, Olu Agunloye warned that those who want to bring violence to the State to steer clear.

According to him, performance and not any influential outside or god father would determine the pattern of voting by the people. He said that the people would vote overwhelmingly for Mr Mimiko on October 20, 2012.

In his address, the national Chairman of LP, Dan Nwanyawu urged the people to vote for Mr Mimiko who he noted had performed beyond even the expectations of the party saying that going by his landmark achievements in the State; he deserved to be voted for.

While urging the people to be wary of those whom he noted had vowed to capture the state, Mr Nwanyawu stated that they had no plans for the people as they only wanted to share the peoples’ common resources for their god fathers.

“I must warn you not to votes for these people who are very desperate even when they are not on ground but say they will do everything to capture Ondo State. In LP, we did not impose Mimiko unlike some people who sat in their mansion in Lagos State and select for their party. In fact, one of their leaders openly stated recently that they don’t believe in primaries.

“All they are looking for is to increase their territories; they want to expand and they have not said that Mimiko has not performed but they just want to grab. Please, don’t vote for them because they will ferry your wealth to feather their nests outside Ondo State and destroy the good legacies that Mimiko and other Governors have done in Ondo State as they are doing in the states that they are now governing,” he said.

At the campaign which made Owo to stand still for several hours were leaders of Workers, artisans, market women, and thousands of people from all over who attended the ceremony.

Youths chase Ondo monarch out of palace

The embattled Oba Akinfesola Adewola of Igburowo community

A traditional ruler in Ondo state, Oba Akinfesola Adewola of Igburowo community, Odigbo Local Government, was on Sunday chased out of his palace by protesting youths.

The youths marched to the palace early in the morning, barricaded roads leading to the community and forced the monarch to trek several kilometers’ to a village on the Ondo-Ore highway where they left him.

According to the Youth Leader of the community, Mr. Samuel Adeyemi, “the protest was carried out to show our dissatisfaction with the leadership style of the monarch.”

The protesters carried placards that read ‘Enough is enough, 16 years of No Development,’ ‘No to backwardness, Igburowo says no to Akinfesola’ ‘Go, Akinfesola, Go,’  ‘Igburowo community rejects you Pius Adewola’ and ‘Adewola is a wife snatcher, Igburowo, rejects you’.

Mr. Adeyemi alleged that the traditional ruler was accused of engaging in fraud, forcible acquisition of land belonging to his subjects, frivolous litigation over subject’s property, non-performance of traditional rites and assaulting his chiefs and subjects.

Reacting to the allegations, the embattled King said the claims were “false, unfounded and meant to damage his reputation.”

The second-in-command to the monarch, Chief Festus Ogunsesin, described the incident as “highly unfortunate and embarrassing”.

A senior police officer at the Ore Divisional Police Station, Mr. Adeleye Abayomi, who led some policemen to the area, pleaded with the protesters  and monarch to go with him  for a meeting with the DPO of the station, Mr. Adekimi Ojo, over the matter.

Akeredolu is the right candidate for ACN-Party stalwarts

Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) chieftains from Ondo state, Goke Ijatuashe and Olugbenga Omole were on the Saturday edition of Sunrise to shed more light on the goings-on in Ondo state politics, with the governorship election just around the corner in the state.

Mr. Omole gave a hint on the fast approaching election and the readiness of the party to challenge the ruling Labour Party. He praised the effort of the party’s candidate in the coming polls, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN). And expressed optimism that the people will speak through the ballot come October 20.

Mr. Ijatuashe on the other hand confirmed the ill feelings of some members of the party who are not comfortable with the fact that Mr. Akeredolu was picked as the flag bearer in the upcoming election. He however said “it is normal; because there are many other people who fell they are qualified for the same position”. He also said “but there can only be one person there at a time”.

He said the parameters put in place to measure who the cap fits was well fulfilled by the party’s flag bearer.

Ondo guber polls: Mega Party adopts Mimiko as candidate

The Social Democratic Mega Party (SDMP) has adopted the incumbent governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, as its flag bearer for the forthcoming October 20th governorship election in the state.

This was announced at the end of the party’s state congress, which held in Akure, the state capital on Saturday.

According to a communiqué signed by the party’s state Chairman, Korede Duyile and Secretary, Mr. Bayo Fajemilusi, after the congress, the party said the decision was taken as a result of monumental achievements recorded in the state by the governor.

As an opposition party, SDMP called on the governor and the ruling party for a working relationship, promising to work at all levels towards the victory of Dr Mimiko at the scheduled election.

“Bearing in mind the rate of development in the state in the last three and half years, there is need to cooperate with the incumbent governor to ensure that the rate would not only continue but be improved upon” the communiqué explained.

Present at the congress were the party’s National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae; Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasonranti and National Secretary, Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa, among others.

The exercise was witnessed by representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies.

Dr Mimiko was elected on the platform of the Labour Party candidate and he is now seeking a second term.

Labour Party appeals for credible guber poll in Ondo

Ahead of the October 2012 governorship election in Ondo state, the national executive committee of Labour Party has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the conduct of a free, fair, credible and transparent election reminiscent of the one it conducted in Edo state.

Addressing journalists in Abuja at the end of the 14th national executive committee meeting of the party, the national vice president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Issa Aremu said an improvement on the Edo election will further deepen the nation’s democracy.

He further adds that it will also boost the confidence of the electorate in the system.

Also speaking at the occasion, the governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko whose candidature for the October election was ratified by the party decried the increasing spate of insecurity in the country, stating that only good governance can address the challenges of security and poverty.