An Ondo State sociopolitical group under the aegis of Akoko Youth Development Forum (AYDF), has reportedly alleged the Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko to have signed a deal with the All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in the November 26 guber poll, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), at the 60th birthday party of the legal icon on 23rd July, 2016, saying only AKETI understands the hidden agenda behind the bilateral activities of the governor between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the APC.
According to a press release signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the group, Mr. Julius Ajulo and Com. Sunday Adegeye, respectively, the group described the presence of Governor Mimiko at the birthday party as a technical installation which PDP members in the state were just giving second thought.
The release reads in part: “It is quite unfortunate that our leaders nowadays are no longer trustworthy. They enjoy playing dirty politics with virtually everything once the immediate beneficiaries shall either be their blood or associates, not minding whose ox is gored. This has been an height of political recklessness displayed by Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State in the recent time.
“It will be recalled that during the 60th birthday celebration of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu at Cathedral Church of Saint Andrews, Imola Street in Owo on 23rd July, 2016, the occasion that attracted the presence of eminent Nigerians to celebrate the legal titan, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko was pictured at the occasion showering encomia on the APC guber candidate, Akeredolu, qualifying him with all manners of political marketing jargons.
“We are not condemning his admiration of who he described as friend, or saying his presence at the occasion was unconstitutional, our group is only expressing displeasure at some categorical statements made by Governor Mimiko at the party which were not before taken to be serious or injurious but now being subjected to panoramic political evaluation.
“At the party while called to the microphone, Governor Mimiko said, ‘We are not from the same party but I remember in 2007 when I contested (as governor of Ondo) under the Labour Party, it got to a point when things were literally rough, Aketi was one of those who offered his services to me. I remember that day at Wole Olanipekun Chambers. They even started writing my petition before I got there; himself, Wole and I think Femi Falana were there.
‘’I am very proud of his accomplishments. He has gotten to the height of his career as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He also had the privilege of being the Chief Law Officer of this State (Ondo) and most importantly, he was a very progressive and respected President of the Nigerian Bar Association.'”
He went on to aver that Aketi is a ‘’gentle and reliable man’’. Mimiko also openly admitted that he wished Aketi was on the same side of the political divide with him.
“I wish we were on the same side of the political divide. I would have gone further to say ‘OTHER THINGS’ but we are before the Church of the Lord. My prayer for you Rotimi (Aketi) is that everything shall continue to work for your success and the house of your enemies shall not settle,’’ Mimiko prayed.
The group, who queried the diplomacy behind the prayers and strong wishes of Governor Mimiko at the party, said the governor should not have participated in the PDP primary election that produced Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), who the people of the state now described as victim of circumstances.
Chairman of the group, Mr. Ajulo pointed out authoritatively that Governor Olusegun Mimiko was responsible for the crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to pave an expressway for his crony and benefactor, Rotimi Akeredolu of APC to the Alagbaka Government House, Akure.
He maintained that Nigerians are not unaware of the chameleon stuff Governor Mimiko was made of, adding that the dual roles he has been playing in between his party, PDP and the opposition, APC, were understood by everyone. That, even though Mimiko still operates as Chairman PDP Governors Forum today, nobody ever heard him as occupant of that office against the series of misfortunes APC-led federal government had brought against Nigeria as a nation.
“We urge Ondo State people to guide against Mimiko turning the Alagbaka Government House to business and family affairs as usual. With all sincerity, Mimiko has succeeded himself already and only our votes and supports for the candidate of our choice can rewrite the already prepared results which the ‘committee of friends’ in collaboration with the federal might had orchestrated,” Ajulo said.