Ondo panel will uphold truth, says CPC
The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Ondo State yesterday said it was confident that the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal would uphold the truth.
It condemned the insinuation by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fasakin, that all parties challenging the re-election of Governor Olusegun Mimiko were in court to pave the way for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which came second in the election.
In a statement by its candidate in the election, Prince Soji Ehinlanwo, CPC said Fasakin was ignorant of the new provisions of the Electoral Act.
Last week, the CPC Caucus in the Southwest accused Fasakin of romancing Labour Party (LP) and passed a vote-of-no confidence in him.
Ehinlawo said: “Fasakin brought up the idea of sending a congratulatory message to Mimiko after the election and we told him the CPC’s position was different.
“We told him we were still examining information from across the state, just like our collaborative partner – Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) – was doing then. We could not understand his anxiety to go to the press
“I advised that it was politically illogical for a CPC national officer to support Mimiko because of his (Mimiko’s) rapport with President Goodluck Jonathan against General Muhammadu Buhari during the 2011 presidential election.
“It is therefore irreconcilable to us that Fasakin is attempting to deceive the party to support MImiko, despite the governor’s avowed opposition to our party leader, Buhari, and the inconsistency this portends.
“Appeals to Fasakin fell on deaf ears and he sent the congratulatory message. Not even my advice that his desperation could portray the party in a bad light and undermine its partnership with ACN dissuaded Fasakin from executing his plans.”
Ehinlanwo said CPC would resist any plan to portray the party in a bad light and make it look as if it is working at cross purposes with ACN.
Be hopeful, ACN urges supporters
he State Working Committee (SWC) of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Ondo State yesterday deliberated on the party’s future.
At a meeting at Ile-Oluji, the SWC appraised the party’s performance in last October’s governorship election and at the Election Petition Tribunal.
It hailed the party’s candidate in the election, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), members and the ACN’s legal team for their doggedness in the pursuit of the case at the tribunal.
In a statement by the ACN’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Agbede, the committee said it was happy with the “growing confidence and commitment of party members and the public” to its petition.
It lamented the “ineptitude of the Labour Party (LP) administration” and urged the people to be patient.
The committee commiserated with the family of the state leader of the ACN, Chief Wunmi Adegbonmire, who died recently.
It urged party members to participate actively in activities lined up for his funeral, which will begin today with tributes.