ONDO, NOVEMBER 7, 2016 – Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko said yesterday that the substitution of the name of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Eyitayo Jegede with Jimoh Ibrahim by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) will not stand.
Mimiko told reporters in Akure, the state capital, that what happened was a contrived conspiracy which cannot find comfort “in justice, in principle, in law, and in morality”.
He said redress is being sought by Jegede, PDP and major stakeholders, “because the impunity will not stand”.
Mimiko observed that the development remained “bizarre in the nation’s politics and particularly in the state’s polity, noting that it is something bizarre, abnormal and without precedent in polity.”
The governor, however, thanked the people for their maturity and peaceful conduct.
“You have comported yourselves well. Your peaceful but rugged and persistent resistance in the last three and half weeks would go down in the record of the new Ondo State.”
He denied that he went to see President Muhammadu Buhari as a prelude to crossing over to another party.
According to him, he had to see the President on the need to allow justice to prevail.
“Mr. President gave his word that he would ensure that justice is done and I have no cause to doubt him,” he said.