- Governor Akeredolu has lambasted a former governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko
- INEC is conducting the governorship election in the state on October 10
- Akeredolu, however, said that Mimiko and the candidate of ZLP, Ajayi Agboola, can't stop his reelection
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Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state on Monday, September 7, hit hard at his predecessor in office, Olusegun Mimiko, over the incoming governorship election in the state.
The Nation reports that the governor also berated the embattled state deputy governor and candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) for the election, Agboola Ajayi.
Legit.ng gathered that Akeredolu, who spoke in a television interview monitored by the newspaper, said some people were never qualified to be Ondo governor.
He said the combination of Mimiko and Agboola as the third force in the state does not make him nervous, adding that his works would give him victory at the polls.
Akeredolu said he had treated Mimiko fairly
He said: “Do Mimiko and Agboola affect me, does it make me nervous? No, I am confident of my victory by the grace of God. They were never my allies. I ran against Mimiko in 2012. I have treated Mimiko fairly. No other governor has treated his predecessor as I treated Mimiko.
“Mimiko has his own traits. Let us leave this, If Agboola, with what he did, found solace in Mimiko, it is because they share the same trait. People who are prone to betray others must come together. They will want to work together. Mimiko is not a political force anywhere.
“He left office and wanted to run for Senate. He didn’t even win his local government. He is a spent force. This man is dead politically and probably he needed resurrection and support. Who is Mimiko in the politics of Ondo state today? He is finished politically and Agboola cannot resuscitate him.
“Third force doesn’t exist. They exist only in your news media. There is no problem. We are prepared. Our work will speak for us. Our work will give us victory. We are not a gathering of betrayals. Mimiko worked with Adefarati, did he not betray him? Tinubu and all of us supported him to become Governor, did he not betray us?
"Jegede is a serious-minded person unlike people who I know are not qualified to govern this state. Jegede is a learned, practitioner. He is well-read. Ondo state is not for a neophyte, nincompoops.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that ahead of the Edo and Ondo states governorship elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), expressed concern over comments made by politicians that could stir violence and diminish the poll.
It was reported that Rotimi Oyekanmi, INEC's chief press secretary made the statement on Sunday, September 6, at a webinar organized by the International press centre (IPC).
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