Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tinubu: Mimiko Betrayed ACN's Political Trust

Note: Olusegun Mimiko, is the only governor in the Niger Delta who belongs to the Labour Party.  He gained the governorship on February 23, 2009, following an
Appeal Court
ruling that the state’s 2007 guber election was fraudulant.  His opponent and predecessor, Olusegun Agagu, is a member of the PDP. Timi Alaibe, of Baylesa State, recently joined Labour in expectation of running for governor, but has not formally declared for the upcoming contest in that state, which is scheduled for February 11, 2012.  Guber polls will be held in 2013 in Ondo State, which is the only oil producing state located in the SW geopolitical zone.  In the April 2011 elections, ACN won all gubernatorial contests in that SW zone (along with SW Ekiti State in a court ruling a year earlier), hence the determination to bring Ondo State firmly into the Yoruba/ACN fold in the SW.

This Day
15 October 2011

Former Lagos State Governor and National leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday said the incumbent Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko betrayed the political trust, which he said, the ACN gave him to regain his stolen mandate.

The former governor added that ACN would make political inroads into the sunshine state with the aim of defeating the incumbent governor in the next gubernatorial elections in the state, stating that the party "is now positioned to bring the state to the fold of ACN".

Tinubu, who spoke at the a townhall meeting of ACN members in Ikorodu area of Lagos, said Mimiko (popularly known as Iroko) would be hacked down and burnt in the next year election."

Tinubu assured the gathering of ACN leaders and supporters that Ondo State would soon be added to the league of ACN governors, pointing out that the governor "has betrayed our political trusts.

Since he shared similar alias with Iroko, "Mimiko must be hatched and pulled down for betrayal. Iroko has betrayed us; we must cut and pull it down," the ACN leader said.

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