Ondo Election Jimoh Ibrahim debunks reports of violence, slams Mimiko

Ibrahim accused Governor Mimiko of sponsoring youths to burn tyres at various spots across Ondo state.

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Embattled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim, has debunked reports of violence in the state.

According to Sahara Reporters, violence erupted in Akure on Friday, October 28, 2016, as Ibrahim was announced the PDP candidate by INEC.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, October 28, 2016, named the businessman as the candidate of the PDP for the November 26 governorship election.

Ibrahim, in a statement, accused Governor Olusegun Mimiko of sponsoring youths to burn tyres at various spots across Ondo state.

His statement reads: "My attention has been drawn to the ongoing burning of tyres under the pretense of disruption of activities orchestrated by Governor Segun Mimiko. In 2009 Governor Mimiko forged security reports of the SSS and the Police to deceive the court and tribunal of Justice Nabaruma that there were security issues in the state, leading to cancellation of results in 8 out of 18 Local Governments of the State

"This is how Governor Mimiko schemed himself into power and became the Governor of Ondo State, but when the late President Umaru Musa Yar’dua realized that the forgery story was true, Mimiko was already enjoying constitutional protection as Governor.

"Yesterday, Mimiko called on the drivers’ union in the state, whose chairman is his relative, to gather disposed tyres across the state and burn them so as to show that there are security challenges in Akure town. While the tyres were burning, school children were attending their classes , Banks were opened ,market women and traders were carrying on their economic activities, courts were sitting and more tyres were burning by the side of the road.

"Regrettably, Mimiko’s orthodoxy has played out to be fake, empty and unbecoming of a person that occupies the position of the Governor of a state.

"Am happy to note that Mimiko eventually met with President Mohammed Buhari, a president that Governor Mimiko had described, in a meeting with the former President Goodluck Jonathan, as unfit to govern Nigeria and according to Governor Mimiko, the president does not have a school certificate

"Mimiko’s trajectory of movement lately includes visit to Senator Buruji Kashamu and his offer of title to choice properties in Abuja but the senator declined, Mimiko filed action at the State High Court Akure, Federal High Court Abuja and secured a Saturday opening of door for hearing at the Court of Appeal Abuja all simultaneously, burning billions of naira which ought to have been used to pay salaries of workers in Ondo State.

"Regrettably, this tyre burning for sympathy will not work as Ondo State remains peaceful."

Meanwhile, the Ahmed Makarfi  faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the clearance of Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s governorship candidate.

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