By Dayo Johnson
AKURE- AHEAD of the October 20 governorship election in Ondo State, Governor Olusegun Mimiko yesterday publicly gave reasons why he declined invitation from leaders of the Action Congress of Nigeria to join the party despite much pressure.
Mimiko spoke at Ile Oluji during the continuation of his campaign tour for re-election.
According to him, “They did not say I have not performed; in fact, they acknowledged that Ondo State is working. But they said I should come and join their party and we told them that the people have not asked us to join any political party as the Labour Party is doing fine.
“They then threatened to make the state ungovernable and capture it if we did not join them. But let me warn that they should remember the fates of the boastful in history; God abhors the boastful.
“They are haughty and want to ride roughshod on our people and add them to their empire. But I can assure them that God will thwart their evil plans and they shall fail.”
Mimiko added: “Nothing but expansionist tendency and the desire to annex Ondo State to their treasure-trove rather than any desire to develop it were the prime reasons why the leaders of the oppositions want to capture the state at all cost.
According to him the desire by a particular political party to annex Ondo State was to include it in their growing empire which they are attempting to build in the South West.
He, however, warned that the opposition should perish the thought of ever capturing the state and assured them of a resounding defeat on October 20.