Leadership Newspaper - They are indications that Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko has perfected plans to defect to the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor on Friday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
According to Leadership Newspaper, checks reveal that Mimiko is looking for a soft landing hence the purpose of his visit to the president .
However, speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting with the president, he expressed reservations over the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a credible election in the state.
The governor based his assertions on the announcement on Thursday by the electoral body that Jimoh Ibrahim is the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in the state.
According to him, the action of INEC is potentially dangerous as it can cause a breach of peace in the state.
Mimiko said the president has promised to look into it and that if there is any injustice, he assured that it will be rectified.
He said: Under INEC guidelines, the time for substitution of candidates has even elapsed.
This action potentially can cause a breach of peace. In Ondo state in the last seven and half years, we have done everything possible to put good governance on the table. We see this action as potentially dangerous. It can cause conflagration in the state and that is why as the chief security officer of the state, I have come to alert Mr President of the potential danger of this injustice so that we can nip it in the bud.
On protest in the state, the governor said he has been on phone with stakeholders to ensure they keep the peace in the state.
“I have assured them that this injustice will not stay. We will continue to explore all avenues to make INEC see reasons why this impunity must not stand.
Asked if he still has confidence in INEC to conduct credible election, he said”If INEC finds it difficult to obey court order, a credible election starts with a process like this.
Excerpted From Leadership Newspaper
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