Politicians in Ondo State have continued to express mixed reactions over Thursday’s Supreme Court judgment which upheld the re-election of Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Rotimi Akeredolu of the defunct ACN and Wole Oke of the PDP had challenged the Oct. 20, 2012 re-election of Labour Party’s Mimiko.
Some of the politicians, who spoke with NAN on in Okitipupa, commended the judgment while others accused the judiciary of being partisan.
Mr Adegbenro Adenikinju, the Chairman of Labour Party in Odigbo Local Government Area, said the judgment of the Supreme Court had confirmed Mimiko as the authentic governor of the state.
“I think the Supreme Court judgment is clear, it has declared Mimiko as the authentic governor and aggrieved parties should accept their fate,’’ he said.
Chief Niyi Akinluwo, the Labour Party Chairman in Opa Local Government Area, also expressed satisfaction over the judgment, saying the party has come to stay in the state.
He urged the opposition parties and their members to embrace peace and give maximum support to the governor to move the state forward.
“This is the end of the road for aggrieved parties and their members; they should support the governor to move the state forward,’’ Akinluwo said.
But Chief Ile Olulade, the Chairman of the defunct ACN in the council, accused the judiciary of perverting the course of justice.
“It is sad that even the judiciary is no longer the last hope of the common man, this is not good for our nascent democracy,’’ he said.
Mr Samuel Akinyemi, a member of the PDP in Okitipupa council area, also argued that the judgment was faulty.
“I do not know where this country is heading to, I pray that God should help us,’’ he said.
Mrs Kikelomo Richards, another member of the defunct ACN, said it was glaring that the judgment would favour Mimiko, adding that “ politics is a very dirty game.’’ (NAN)