From Temitope Adedeji in Akure
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State on Monday sent congratulatory message to the Governor-elect, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) on his victory in last Saturday’s governorship election.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in that election, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, also spoke in a conciliatory manner, seemingly dismissing the idea of going to the tribunal to protest the outcome of the poll.
In an interview on Channels Television on Monday night, Jegede though said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not fair to him as his name was not pasted before the election like other candidates and did not campaign or have his own agents like other candidates.
He said he should rather be making suggestions on how to improve on the electoral process.
But the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP has indicated it will go to the tribunal to challenge the results of the election.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, made available in Akure, Governor Mimiko said “it behoves on me as Governor of Ondo State to congratulate the Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), and wish him success in the challenging task of governing our dear state.”
The Ondo State governor added that “it is incumbent upon me as Governor to facilitate a smooth transition between my government and the incoming one. I will, to this end, provide the ambience for a smooth and seamless transition process.”
While promising to continue to provide leadership to the state until the take-over date, Mimiko expressed appreciation to the people of the state.
He said: “I use this medium to express my sincere appreciation to all our citizens for the very peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the election period.
“I will not waiver in providing needed leadership to our dear state till the last day of my term.”
He then urged residents to strive to sustain the peace enjoyed in the state for the past seven years and promised to speak with the people as occasion demands “as my eight-year tenure inches to an end.”