- Governor Akeredolu has denied reports claiming that he will hand over Mimiko to the EFCC
- The lawyer-turned-politician faulted a statement credited to him as the works of detractors
- The governor said he and Mimiko, his friend of over 40 years will not start fighting for the pleasure of mischief-makers
The governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu has said he will not report his predecessor, Olusegun Mimiko to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Daily Sun reported on Saturday, August 1 that Akeredolu made the revelation in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo.
Akeredolu denied rumours making the rounds that he had sent the EFCC after Mimiko for allegedly offering help to his estranged deputy Agboola Ajayi.
He said the claims were aimed at destroying the relationship of over 40 years that he had with Mimiko.
A part of the statement read: “The widely circulated storyline is untrue, puerile and utterly mischievous. It is, in all intents, a cleverly laid path for the two friends to engage in needless mudslinging.
“Nonetheless, while Governor Akeredolu has nothing against his friend and immediate past predecessor, he has chosen to allow posterity to intercede and interpret the roles of men in whatever form."
Akeredolu noted that the friendship between him and his predecessor was beyond current political happenings and arrangements.
“In this regard, the friendship of the duo shall remain unaffected by the current political permutations, alignments and realignment, however impotently strange. Governor Akeredolu shall maintain that cordiality even in the face of opportunism,” the statement added.
Legit.ng gathered that the rumours had claimed Akeredolu had issued a statement confirming that he would hand over Mimiko to the EFCC because his predecessor allowed Ajayi to contest the Ondo governorship seat on the Zenith Labour Party platform.
However, a quick check of the full list of candidates recognized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by our correspondent showed that Benjamin Jairus Olarotimi is ZLP's candidate in the election and not Ajayi as the rumours claimed.
INEC released the list of the 17 candidates that qualified to take part in oncoming Ondo election in October on its official Twitter handle on Friday, July 31.
In the list, only 17 political parties are fielding candidates in the polls.
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