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Akeredolu, Mimiko trade words over Oct guber poll

By DAYO JOHNSON & DAPO AKINREFON

AKURE—THE Akeredolu Campaign Organisation, ACO, has raised the alarm over alleged plans by the Labour Party, LP, to import arms and ammunition to rig the October 20 governorship election in Ondo State.

Mean time, the Olusegun Mimiko Campaign Organisation has accused opposition parties of not wishing the people of the state well given the “reckless utterances of their governorship candidates and predilection to destroy existing legacies in the state.”

In a statement by its Director of Media, Publicity and Strategy, Mr. Idowu Ajanaku, ACO listed the alleged plot by LP to rig the governorship election.

Ajanaku alleged that the latest of such move was the importation of arms and ammunition into Akure, saying “the Mimiko administration has started the training of thugs at different locations across the state. These are the people he relies on heavily to foment trouble in order to create chaos during the October 20 governorship election.”

He added that “plans are on top gear to bring a large number of mercenaries from Igbiraland, his ancestral root, to come and complement the thugs that are undergoing training in the state. ‘Against this background, we call on the security agents to investigate this and quickly arrest this situation in order to avoid chaos in the state.

”The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, will not fold its hands while its members are subjected to attacks. We are a peace- loving political party as we dwelt more on ideas rather than using violence as a tool for political gain.”

In his statement, LP’s Director of Publicity and Media Relations, Mr. Kolawole Olabisi, stated that there were plans by the opposition to destroy the massive developmental projects put in place all over the state by Governor Olusegun Mimiko in the last three and a half years.

Olabisi alleged that the hatred was borne out purely out of spite and alarm at the continued soaring popularity of Mimiko with a view to erasing the enormous gains to the state owing to the presence of these award-winning developmental programmes.

Spokesperson for the organisation said it was sad that Oke only last weekend vowed to, if elected, scrap among others, the world acclaimed Water Fountain in Akure, the Dew Spenner also in Akure and the Mega Primary Schools which had been lauded by the Federal Ministry of Education as not only the best in the nation but the first of its kind.


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