This Day (Lagos)

8 November 2012

Nigeria: Ondo LP - Mimiko Won Poll By 73 Percent of Votes

Photo: Daily Trust
The re-elected governor of Ondo State Olusegun Mimiko, Labour Party candidate.

Ondo State chapter of the Labour Party (LP) has stated that its flag bearer in the October 20 governorship election, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, won the election with 73 per cent of the total votes cast.

The party also added that the electoral victory was an emphatic demonstration of the confidence of the people in Mimiko's developmental projects, which had transformed the state into a cynosure of all eyes in the last three and a half years.

A statement issued by the party's Publicity Secretary, Mr. Femi Okunjemiruwa, noted that it was sad that people could now be making wild allegations all in a bid to explain away their loss at the election and undermine the renewal of Mimiko's mandate by the people based on his sterling performance as governor in the last three and a half years.

"It is worrisome that in the last few days, the opposition had resorted into the fabrication of a false impression to undermine the victory of Mimiko by publishing in the media that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accredited 29,000 voters in Akure South Local Government Area, while Labour Party polled 49,000.

"But the truth of the matter is that in Akure South, out of 252,731 registered voters, 86,343 were accredited to vote, while LP scored 49,915 votes to Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) 11,955 and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 12, 467 votes out of the total votes cast of 82,711!

"But because it does not favour them, they have resorted to media stunts to discredit an election that had been adjudged as one of the best in Nigeria. Indeed, it is apposite to note that in the entire six local government councils in the Central Senatorial District namely Akure South, Akure North, Ifedore, Ondo East, Ondo West and Idanre, neither the ACN and PDP could score the mandatory 25 per cent of the votes cast!

"Statistically, Dr Olusegun Mimiko got 73 per cent of the total votes cast in the election scoring 25 per cent and above in 17 out of the 18 local government areas in the state. He also came first in 13 out of the 18 councils as against seven local government areas won by the ACN and PDP's eight local government areas. Thus, from the forgoing while both ACN and PDP got 25 per cent and above in 15 local government areas, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of LP got 25 per cent and above in 17 local government areas. This is the reason why they are all out to create a wrong perception for those who are unaware of the true position of things in the State by using a section of the media loyal to their clandestine cause which will fail," Okunjemiruwa explained.

The LP secretary, while positing that comparatively, the election of Ondo State had the highest turn out of voters in recent elections in the country, noted that it had equally been adjudged as free and fair by foreign and local observers, the United States of America, the Presidency, and other interest groups including the security and the media who monitored the election.

The party, therefore, called for caution on the series of snide remarks being made by aggrieved parties in the election even as he registered the implication of casting aspersions on people without proof to substantiate them.

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