The Ondo State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Jimoh Ibrahim has accused the out going Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko of sponsoring Friday’s violent protest in Akure, the Ondo Capital.
Jimoh Ibrahim who was recognized by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as authentic candidate of PDP for November 26, 2016 Guber Poll accused Mimiko of sponsoring protests to create fake impression.
In a statement on Friday night, Ibrahim said his attention had been drawn to the ongoing burning of tyres, orchestrated by Mimiko.
It reads further “In 2009 Governor Mimiko forged security reports of the DSS and the Police to deceive the court and tribunal of Justice Nabaruma that there were security issues in the state, leading to cancellation of results in 8 out of 18 Local Governments of the State.
“This is how Governor Mimiko schemed himself into power and became the Governor of Ondo State, but when the late President Umaru Musa Yar’dua realized that the forgery story was true, Mimiko was already enjoying constitutional protection as Governor.
“Mimiko called on the drivers’ union in the state, whose chairman is his relative, to gather disposed tyres across the state and burn them so as to show that there are security challenges in Akure town.
“While the tyres were burning, school children were attending their classes, Banks were opened, market women and traders were carrying on their economic activities, courts were sitting and more tyres were burning by the side of the road.
“Regrettably, Mimiko’s orthodoxy has played out to be fake, empty and unbecoming of a person that occupies the position of the Governor of a state.
“I’m happy to note that Mimiko eventually met with President Muhammadu Buhari, a president that Governor Mimiko had described, in a meeting with the former President Goodluck Jonathan, as unfit to govern Nigeria and according to Governor Mimiko, the president does not have a school certificate.
“Mimiko’s trajectory of movement lately includes visit to Senator Buruji Kashamu and his offer of title to choice properties in Abuja but the senator declined, Mimiko filed action at the State High Court Akure, Federal High Court Abuja and secured a Saturday opening of door for hearing at the Court of Appeal Abuja all simultaneously, burning billions of naira which ought to have been used to pay salaries of workers in Ondo State.
“Regrettably, this tyre burning for sympathy will not work as Ondo State remains peaceful.”