The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the former two-term governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of plotting a third-term bid on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Yekini Nabena made the allegation in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. He noted that the ZLP was one of the political parties contesting the Ondo governorship election, scheduled for Oct.10.
“Mimiko was first elected as governor of Ondo State on the platform of Labour Party on Feb. 24, 2009. He contested as the Labour Party candidate and was re-elected on Oct. 20, 2012, for a second term in office, making him the first governor in Ondo State to win a second term election since 1999.
“He, however, later defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the end of his tenure as governor on February 24, 2017,” he said. The APC also said, “A former two-term governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko is plotting a third-term bid surreptitiously through Zenith Labour Party”.
Moreover, Nabena alleged that Mimiko controlled the ZLP as its only administrator. Adding that it was not shocking that the whole governorship campaign of the ZLP was centred around Mimiko rather than its supposed governorship runner, Agboola Ajayi.
The APC secretary further said that “Perhaps, Mimiko deludes himself that the good people of Ondo State have forgotten how they were subjected to his arbitrary, tyrannical and dictatorial actions when he governed the state.
“It is on record how Mimiko factionalised his then political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for his political divide and rule tactics in the party and government.” According to him, under Mimiko, governmental tasks and sponsorships were distributed based on political servitude not the priority needs of the state.
He said that this could be the cause most of his associates abandoned him and were now front line leaders of the APC, in firm support of its contender, Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu, the state’s incumbent governor.
Nabena also noted that it was clear that the ZLP’s governorship candidate had nothing considerable to campaign on after joining several political parties to obtain their governorship ticket to contest on the Oct. 10 governorship race.
“For us in the APC, the good governance credentials of our candidate, incumbent Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu is visible to all, particularly in the area of infrastructure, agriculture, human capital development, industry, and entrepreneurship, among others. This is the focus of our well-received campaigns,” he said.