Concerned Nigerians and Our Mumu Don Do Movement has refuted reports which began online on Sunday, August 13, 2017 alleging that the on-going Resume or Resign protests are sponsored by a former and sitting governor.
An obscure group, the Coalition for Truth and Justice issued a statement on Sunday alleging that Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, governor of Gombe State and Olusegun Mimiko, a former governor of Ondo, were directly responsible for the sponsorship of anti-Buhari protests to the tune of N300 million. The group called for a passive watch of the alleged sponsors by security agents.
Dr. Mimiko, on Sunday, had refuted the allegations and branded the statement as a blackmail and smear campaign aimed at associating him with a “nocturnal brand of politics“. He maintained that he has always been forthright in his political career and would not sponsor a movement that goes contrary to his core convictions.
“Dr. Mimiko wishes to inform Nigerians that he has no involvement, whatsoever, with the protests led by a Nigerian entertainer, Charly Boy and some other political activists,” the statement said.
“His unblemished political career has been characterized by forthrightness. Simply put, Dr. Mimiko always says what he means and means what he says.”
Dr. Mimiko also reaffirmed his belief that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on an indefinite medical leave in London, has fulfilled the requirements of the Nigerian constitution by handing over to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Dr. Mimiko is of the firm conviction that the president, by transmitting power to the vice president, has fulfilled the proper and constitutional requirement,” the statement said further.
“He, therefore, cannot be supporting any movement that contradicts his convictions on the matter.”
An e-mailed statement to The Trent signed by Charly Boy and Deji Adeyanju on Monday, August 14, 2017 called the allegations “lies and false assertions” and also said that the group was a creation of elements in the Buhari government who are aimed at disrupting the citizen movement.
“We have seen the lies and false assertions of a pro government group called Coalition for truth and Justice alleging that the Concerned Nigerians and the Our Mumu Don Do movement are being sponsored by a former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and governor of Gombe State Ibrahim Dankwambo,” the statement said.
“The allegations are not just lies but are ridiculous and even embarrassing to those making the allegations.
“We understand that this is the handwork of detractors that are against our honest agitations for the Resumption or Resignation of President Buhari.
“Concerned Nigerians and Our Mumu Don Do Movement are not being sponsored by any body or government figure and will remain unsponsored.
“Our activities are in line with the provisions of the constitution and we will continue to carry out our daily sit out activities and not be intimidated.
“Furthermore, we will no longer respond to any prevalent distractions or consequent allegations by this administration but we will remain focus in demanding for the President to either Resume or Resign,” the statement ended