The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has accused Governor Olusegun Mimiko of taking some steps towards ensuring the postponement of the November 26 governorship election.
In a statement issued in Akure, the state capital, on Monday by the Director of Communications of the Akeredolu Campaign Platform, Mr. Soji Alakuro, the APC candidate urged the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies in the state to not succumb to the alleged antics of the governor.
Akeredolu who expressed his readiness for the forthcoming poll said all the stakeholders should work towards ensuring free and fair governorship election in the state rather than postponing it.
In a reaction, the Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, described the allegation of the APC as untrue and baseless .
He said the APC was jittery because of the popularity of the PDP’s candidate for the election.
Fadaka said: ” The APC was jittery because they know our candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, would contest the election and win, they know they can’t defeat him in the election.
”It is an empty allegation because they have no evidence to support their allegation. It is all lie.”
Akeredolu also alleged that the governor was planning to organise a three-day protest across the state so as to give excuse of insecurity as a reason for the postponement.
He said, ” We are aware of the untoward moves and pressures being mounted on the Independent National Electoral Commission as well as friendly security heads in the state by Governor Olusegun Mimiko on the need to postpone the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
”As a way of laying a false template for such, governor is plotting a three-day protest in the state capital, Akure and other major towns in the state. This is planned to hold between November 23 and 25. Undoubtedly, this is a recipe for violence and the governor should be held responsible for any acts of crisis.