Olusegun Mimiko, the governor of Ondo State, has asked the people of the state to keep calm assuring them that Eyitayo Jegede remains the candidate of PDP for the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State assuring that Jegede’s candidature will be restored.
Mimiko also shed more light on the reason he visited President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja which he said was to brief the president of the illegality by INEC and the impending consequences in Ondo State and not to join All Progressive Congress, APC, as insinuated by liars
The governor declared this at a PDP stakeholders meeting held at the International Event Center, The DOME on Sunday, November 6, 2016.
The stakeholders meeting has in attendance leaders of Peoples Democratic Party across the 18 local government areas of Ondo State. Artisans, representative of youths, and students were also present in the meeting.
“I didn’t meet with the President Buhari because I want to join the All Progressive Congress. I met with the president to present the fact of the development in Ondo State and he assured me that justice will be done based on all the facts I presented to him. I have no reason not to believe him on his words,” Mimiko told the crowd.
The governor, who is also the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, said the president has assured him that he will look into the development and ensure that justice is done.
He said the action of INEC in replacing the name of Eyitayo Jegede SAN as candidate of PDP was unprecedented in the history of the country adding that there was no justification for the replacement.
Mimiko said those behind the replacement of Eyitayo Jegede’s name were afraid of the PDP’s candidate whom he described as easy-going, an intellectual, and a man who can fight poverty in Ondo State.
“Opposition parties are scared of Eyitayo Jegede because they know he would win the governorship election easily,” Dr. Mimiko said. “Jegede will start the day he will be sworn in. We had provided the good platform for him to succeed as governor of Ondo State.”
He thanked them for being resolute despite the pressures and their non violence resistance of the removal of Mr. Jegede’s name from INEC list stressed that Ondo State people have demonstrated that they can achieve their aim without violence.
Mimiko said Ondo State had been known to be the most peaceful state in the last seven and half years and assured that Ondo State will not go back to the old bad days before his administration.
Mimiko who assured them that Eyitayo Jegede, who is a senior advocate of Nigeria, would win the governorship election as he declared that he had kept faith with his electioneering campaign promises to the people of Ondo State in the last Seven and half years
He assured the people of the state that no stone will be left unturned in ensuring Eyitayo Jegede wins the case before the Appeal Court with all legal means.
Earlier, chairman of PDP in Ondo State, Clement Faboyede who commended the steadfastness and loyalty of members of the party assured that Jegede will get his mandate back.
Also speaking, deputy governorship candidate of PDP, John Mafo assured that Jegede is the rightful candidate of the PDP saying that Jimoh Ibrahim is not a even PDP member.
It will be recalled a fortnight ago, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC posted on its website the substitution of Eyitayo Jegede of the PDP with controversial billionaire businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim in the final list of candidates in the upcoming elections.
In reaction to this partisan move by the electoral body, party faithfuls, supporters of Jegede, and loyalists took to the streets of Akure and other towns in the southwestern state to protest against the action of INEC.
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