I’m Not Covering Up For Mimiko – Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has broken silence over his relationship with former Governor Olusegun Mimiko who is his immediate predecessor in office.

Akeredolu who disclosed that Mimiko is a friend, noted that he’s not covering up for him.

There have been allegations that there was an unholy alliance between Akeredolu and Mimiko which made the present Governor to declared that he was not probing Mimiko’s administration.

It was rumored that Mimiko secretly backed Akeredolu to win the 2016 governorship election in the state.

But, Akeredolu said the former governor left the state treasuries emptied.

The Governor was answering questions from members of the public during his one year anniversary media chat.

He said “Yes, Mimiko is my friend; I cannot deny him because politics will come and go but your friend will remain your friend. We were in University of Ife together in 1974. I am not covering him. He owed 7 months salary left unpaid. He knows me, I know him; he knows that there is no way I could cover up or hide anything

“I have made it clear what we met on ground and the problem we are facing I enumerated the financial deficit we met on ground that came up to N220billion, the state was in debt. So, in that sense, there is no way I can cover anybody.”

Besides, Akeredolu said Mimiko should explain why he did not pay salary for seven months before his tenure expired if actually he left N20billion in government’s coffer.

We Inherited Over N220bn Debt From Mimiko’s Administration – Akeredolu

The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday said his administration inherited a debt burden of N220.58 billion from the immediate past administration of Olusegun Mimiko.

While speaking during swearing-in ceremony of commissioners and special advisers at The Dome in Akure, the governor said the state’s finances has been over-stretched by the previous administration, advised the people of the state to refrain from acts that could further push the state into deep economic crisis.

However, ex-commissioner for Information under Mimiko administration, Kayode Akinmade punctured this claim by saying that Mr. Mimiko left N20 billion in the kitty of the state government. Akinmade skirted the issue of debt and also did not explain why Mimiko failed to match the N38.64 billion left in the kitty of the state government by his predecessor, Governor Olusegun Agagu.

Mr. Akeredolu said with a debt of more than N220 billion, it was not difficult for anyone to know that the government’s capacity for adjustment to cater for the people had been stretched to its limit.

According to him, Internal Debt of N53.15 billion constituted almost a quarter of the debt legacy.

Others are External Debt, N17.48billion; Unpaid Salaries and Allowances, August to December 2016, N17.27 billion; and January to February 2017, N6,91 billion; Ondo State Pension Liabilities, N4.80billion; Ondo State Gratuity, N15.04billion; Unpaid Local Government Salaries and Allowances, August to December 2016, N9.3billion; January to February 2017, N5.19 billion.

Local Government Pension Liabilities of N25.23billion; Local Government Gratuities N20,96 billion; Contractors’ Liabilities N39.74 billion; Outstanding payment requests in the Office of the Accountant-General without cash backing, N5.45billion made up the rest of the debt profile.

However, Mr. Akeredolu promised to provide the needed leadership to move the state forward and make life more abundant for the people.

“We will continue to strive to keep that vow within the available resources. We can turn things around positively,” he said.

The governor also congratulated the commissioners and special assistants, adding that they should use this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people.

Femi Agagu, who spoke on behalf of other commissioners, thanked the governor for the privilege given them to serve the people.

“We are aware that your administration has a blueprint to transform the state. Collectively, we will take the state to a glorious destination.

“We pledge to discharge our duties faithfully and with the fear of God. We will defend the oath we have sworn to and we will uphold this honour you have bestowed on us,” Mr. Agagu said.

The commissioners are Taofiq Abdusallam, Rasheed Badmus, Solagbade Amodeni, Adegboyega Adefarati, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, Omowumi Olatunji, Donald Ojogo, Yemi Olowolabi and Wahab Adegbenro.

Others are: Funso Esan, Wale Akinterinwa, Emmanuel Igbasan, Olurimisi Ismaila, Femi Agagu, Bayonle Ademodi, Julianah Fagbemi, Timilehin Adelegbe and Kola Olawole.

The special advisers sworn in include Victor Olabimtan, Olubukola Ademosu, Tunji Ariyomo, Tobi Ogunleye, and Akinboye Oyewunmi.

Others are Olawunmi Ilawole, Jibayo Adeyeye, Tunji Fabiyi, Alaba Isijola, and Raheem Aminu.

Former Olusegun Mimiko handed over to Akeredolu on Feb.24, 2017.

(NAN)

Charly Boy Denies Receiving N300 Million Bribe To Stage Protest

Shortly after allegations were made against the masterminds behind the anti Buhari protests saying they were brided with N300 million by top PDP members, The Coalition of Democracy and Good Governance Groups, ‘#Resume or Resign’ and ‘Our Mumu don do,’ have described the allegations published in the social media that they collected N300 million from the governor of Gombe state, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, the immediate past governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and other politicians in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as lies.

 

A pro-Buhari group, Coalition for Truth and Justice, CFTAJ, had on Sunday, alleged that the current rally by the groups calling for Buhari’s resumption or resignation were being sponsored by the aforementioned governors in the tune of N300m

The National Coordinator of CFTAJ, Charles Timothy, at press conference in Abuja, called on security agencies to place them “under passive watch”, because the protests were being sponsored to destabilise the country.

“It is true that the instalmental death of the corruption industry is compelling Nigerians to live within their means, which some have interpreted as hardship in the land. Nigerians should therefore task these protesters to inquire from their sponsors if the N300 million paid to celebrity activists – Deji (Adeyanju), John Danfulani and Charles Oputa aka Charlie Boy couldn’t have been better deployed to ameliorate the condition of those facing economic hardship.

“We therefore want to issue firm warnings. Because we know these protesters are mere fodders, tools in the hands of those that paid them to take to the streets, our warning is not directed at the protesters but at their sponsors. We therefore warn Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko who are the brain behind the protest against the ailing President.”

But in a statement signed by Charles Oputa (Leader, #ResumeOrResign Movement) for ‘Our Mumu Don Do Movement’ and Deji Adeyanju (Co-Convener, #ResumeOrResign Movement) for ‘Concerned Nigerians,’ the anti-Buhari protesters said their movement never and will never be sponsored by anybody especially because it is in line with the provisions of the constitution.

“We have seen the lies and false assertions of a pro government group called Coalition for truth and Justice alleging that the Concerned Nigerians and the Our Mumu don do movement are being sponsored by Former Governor of Ondo state Dr Olusegun Mimiko and Governor of Gombe state Ibrahim Dankwambo.

“The allegations are not just lies but are ridiculous and even embarrassing to those making the allegations. We understand that this is the handwork of detractors that are against our honest agitations for the Resumption or Resignation of President Buhari.

“Concerned Nigerians and Our Mumu don do Movement are not being sponsored by anybody or government figure and will remain unsponsored. Our activities are in line with the provisions of the constitution and we will continue to carry out our daily sit out activities and not be intimidated.

“Furthermore, we will no longer respond to any prevalent distractions or consequent allegations by this administration but we will remain focus in demanding for the President to either resume or resign. They said they will take their rallies for the demand for Buhari’s resumption or resignation to several cities across Nigeria.

“Wednesday August 16th, 2017 will mark 100 days since President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to an undisclosed hospital in the United Kingdom to treat a yet to be disclosed illness. During this period President Buhari has rarely been seen in public and has not communicated with the Nigerian people in a language that a majority of the people can understand.

“A few days ago the Presidency released images and video footage of the President receiving some of his aides. However, Nigerians were informed that his medical sojourn to the United Kingdom will continue a while longer as his doctors have not given him clearance to return to the country and resume the execution of his duties as President.

“In view of the above, we will hold peaceful processions in several cities across Nigeria and the world at large to press home our demands that President Buhari either returns to the country soon or resigns from office as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

 

Dankwambo, Mimiko, PDP Paid N300 Million For Charly Boy’s Anti-Buhari Protest

A civil society organization has alleged that Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state and some other top members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sponsored the anti-Buhari protest ongoing in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. The Centre for Truth and Justice (CTJ) said top members of the PDP including former Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, paid N300 million to the leaders of the anti-Buhari protests in Abuja.

CTJ’s national coordinator, Timothy Charles, while speaking to journalists in Abuja also described the protest led by musician Charles ‘Charly Boy’ Oputa as “sponsored anti-Buhari protests”, saying the PDP members engaged some celebrities and organizers of the protest for fear of President Muhammadu Buhari’s resumption. Charles said the protesters and their leaders were paid with a directive to cause disorder across the nation in order to portray the Buhari administration as anti-people.

 

He said patriotic citizens would have conducted themselves in orderly manner and cooperated with law enforcement to ensure their march was not hijacked. Charles also said same cannot be said for the #ourmumudondo protesters, whose thugs were confrontational against law enforcement agents from the start. He said:

“Another thing that these protesters are unaware of was that their sponsors have equally mobilized thugs to join the so-called protests for the sole aim of fomenting trouble. The strategy is for these thugs to deliberately clash with law enforcement and then cause widespread violence, arson and looting that will eventually result in a breakdown of law and order.

 

“Even more worrisome is the specific request from these sponsors that the thugs must ensure there is loss of life from the protest so that they can claim that security agencies and by implication the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is killing protesters,” Charles said. He also alleged that the sponsors of the protest have tried various gimmicks in the past, in an attempt to throw the country into confusion but have failed.

 

“Some of them have sponsored terrorism or militancy, depending on the region, and failed to use these to bring Nigeria down. They have now resorted to street protests under the guise that they are demanding President Muhammadu Buhari to cut short his medical vacation and resume duties. “For those who have not noticed, we want to point out that these protesters are not new.

They had held similar protests in the past under different names and with multiple excuses. What they have simply done this time is to rebrand their name into #ourmumudondo and add a few more desperate celebrity activists to their ranks; their driving ideology for causing chaos has not changed one bit.”

“To prove that these protests have motives other than the one the protesters are presenting, even the explanation by the Senate that President Buhari has not breached any rule did not suffice to educate them to desist from their foolish ways. Instead, they are heaping insults on the lawmakers simply because they could not have their way.

 

“Such intolerance smacks of people with a fascist bend of mind even when they masquerade that their actions were driven by a law for democracy. Unfortunately, their own brand of democracy does not accept a National Assembly. “We therefore warn Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko who are the brain behind the protest against the ailing President.

 

“Both Dankwambo and Mimiko are entitled to throw away their humanity on the altar of ambition but they must be aware that whatever position they are desperate to attain is not worth plunging the country into crisis over. They are free to spend their money any way they want but financing urchins, riffraff and celebrity activists but truly patriotic Nigerians will not sit by and watch them plunge the country into trouble,” the group said.

Source: Naij

#SWSalary Is TRENDING: Twitter Users Blames Mimiko For Massive Pillaging Of Ondo Resources

Users discussing the status of payment of salary in the South West have lambasted former governor of Ondo State, Chief Olusegun Mimiko, with some calling for his arrest over the reckless manner in which he allegedly managed the state resources.

Former Governor Mimiko of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had on Friday, 24th February handed over to the newly elected governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, owing at least, eight (8) months salaries.

Though, the newly sworn-in governor had on Friday March 10th, 2017 ordered the payment of one month salary arrears to the suffering workers who endured 8 months of hardship under the former governor.

OsunDefender learnt that a human rights advocacy group, Human and Environment Development Agenda, HEDA had yesterday through its weekly twitter chat which hold son Mondays with the hashtag #MondayTango, started conversations around the status of salary payments in the South West. The group in a special report published on it website, revealed how Ondo State under Olusegun Mimiko amongst other states, earned billions of naira from the federal government in monthly allocations and bailout funds, but refused to pay workers their salaries and allowances.

You can read the full report here.

As at 12noon today when OsunDefender found the #SWSalary trend, the hashtag was trending at number 7 across Nigeria.

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A twitter user, with the name Nike, argued that former governor Olusegun Mimiko be immediately picked up and tried for the civil servants who died under him for non-payment of 8 salaries.

See other tweets trending on the hashtag below:

 

Workers’ Salaries: Group Reveals How Ondo Under Mimiko Received Over N22bn From FG, But Refused To Pay Salaries In 2016

A Lagos based human rights and development advocacy group, Human and Environmental Development Agenda, HEDA, has revealed how the Ondo State Government under Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, received at least N22bn from the Federal Government in monthly allocations for 2016, but refused to pay 8 months salaries to its workers. Recall the newly elected governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu recently ordered the payment of one month salary to the workers.

This was revealed in the group’s report which it released on Monday in Lagos. In the report, the group stated that aside federal allocation, the state couldn’t account for the budget support funds it received from the federal ministry of finance and the Paris loan refund, neither are there massive infrastructural development across the state to explain the reason the state’s resources have been frittered away.

The report which focused on Status of Salary Payment in the South West, gave a pass mark to Lagos and Ogun for now owing any month arrears un till March 2017. The group further revealed that Oyo, Ekiti and Osun owed Five, Four and One month’s respectively.

In the case of Ekiti, the group stated that the government in the state has taken proactive steps to clear workers’ salaries. When the state budget support fund was seized by the coordinating ministry, “the governor stormed the finance house in a braggadocios manner, but all that has failed to get funds for him to pay his workers’ salaries.”

In Osun, the group revealed that through the help of a ‘revenue apportionment committee’, the state has been able to reduce its monthly wage bill from N3.6bn to N1.7bn thus helping the state to pay salaries according to agreement with the state labour unions till January, 2017.

The group further revealed in Oyo that, “the government of Oyo has spoken time and again of its readiness to clear all salary arrears when the revenue of the state improves, however, increment in revenue here means government earnings from the federal government must double.”

“Oyo State government with a monthly wage bill of N5.2bn as at February 2017 owes 6 months salaries and pensions. Before this current accumulation, the state had often asked workers to forfeit their salaries every other month, until it couldn’t pay again.” The group revealed in the report.

Read the full report here.

Mimiko: A Man Who Failed To Lead Ondo To The Promised Land By Adewale Giwa

This article of mine is designed to wish the outgoing governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, ‘goodbye’ for years of failure to lead the people of Ondo State to the promised land. In the history of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimko remains the first governor who has completed two terms in office. Unfortunately, the governor used his years of service to manipulate the minds of his people. William Shakespeare said, “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” In the case of ‘Iroko’ of Ondo State, he focused all his years on pure politics, selfishness, egocentrism, malice, iniquity and spite.

Permit me to quickly take you to the scriptures. As Moses grew up in the Pharaoh’s palace, he learned all the wisdom of Egypt. In spite of growing up in the palace, he loved his people of Israel and did go to free them whenever they encountered challenges. One day, when he was taking care of the sheep and goats of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, God appeared and told him to rescue the people of Israel from the Egyptians and to bring them out of Egypt to a spacious and pleasant land. God knew that the people of Israel were suffering and appointed Moses to lead them out of Egypt where they were being used as slaves.

Above all, Moses did as God commanded and led the people of Israel out of Egypt despite challenges he faced before he could get his work done. At the desert of Zin, the people of Israel were thirsty, begging for water to drink. They gathered themselves against Moses and the Lord later spoke to Moses and told him to take the staff and speak to the rock and it will pour out water for his people to drink. Moses and his brother Aaron gathered the people together in front of the rock and said, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then, Moses raised his arm and angrily struck the rock twice with his staff and water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. For Moses to have done this, the Lord was displeased with his actions, saying “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” One may ask why did Moses warrant such a severe penalty from the Lord? The answer is simple, because he disobeyed the commandment of the LORD.

How could it have been so good for a man to start a journey and end it well? Dr. Mimiko started well, but it is unfortunate that he fails to end his journey well. Just eight days from today, Mimiko will cease to be attending a meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum in Nigeria. It will be added to the history book of Ondo State that Dr. Mimiko is the governor who left his workers unpaid for about seven months compared to his predecessors. Presently, the Ondo State House of Assembly members dominated by PDP are at loggerheads with one another, following the interference of Governor Mimiko over the impeachment of their speaker, Jumoke Akindele. The Assembly was later sealed off by the order of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. The crisis over Jumoke Akindele has left the Assembly in shambles, and demonstrates the governor’s failure to keep order in his own state.

Should we now say this is a good development for Mimiko? The answer is ‘no’! Fourteen PDP Lawmakers are away in Ibadan waiting for Mimiko’s tenure to end. Is this not a sign that Governor Mimiko’s eight-year tenure is nothing but a ruse? The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. 2009, when Dr. Mimiko came into power, feels just like yesterday but he has forgotten that things cannot continue to be the same. To Rahman Mimiko, it is as if he could try to hold on to power like Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia but time is no longer on his side as the incoming governor Rotimi Akeredolu has concluded arrangements to take over the mantle of leadership. One must surely pity Dr. Mimiko for not producing a successor as governor who he can easily control. What good is the achievement of a person who leaves an office without having a successor?

Of course, it is glaring to the people of Ondo State that the word ‘achievement’ is being used to console themselves. Deep inside them, it is a total failure. If not for the sake of desperation, the outgoing government would have sponsored different groups to call for the postponement of last year’s governorship election just to perfect plans to allegedly rig the election. Recalling that he has failed to transform the state around, it is on record that governor Mimiko’s eight-year tenure in government has caused a major setback among the comity of states in Nigeria.

Anyway, a lot has been said in the past, but I just want to wish ‘Iroko’ goodbye and say that people of the state will forever remember you, either for the good or the bad.

Ondo State ‘Rebel’ Lawmakers Received Threats To Lives

Thirteen aggrieved lawmakers of the Ondo State House of Assembly on Wednesday alleged that they have received threats to their lives over the crisis that has been rocking the assembly since the impeachment of former Speaker Jumoke Akindele.

The lawmakers, who have formed a ‘rebel group’ at the assembly, spoke to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, shortly after a political meeting in the town.

SaharaReporters gathered that the aggrieved lawmakers relocated to Ibadan on Monday evening shortly after the police sealed off the complex.

Iroju Ogundeji, spokesman for the rebel lawmakers, claimed that they have been receiving life-threatening phone calls from high profile politicians in Ondo State.

Mr. Ogundeji revealed that they decided to move outside the state and relocate to Ibadan due to the repeated threats.

“We had to move out of the state when our lives were no longer secure as a result of the threats,” Mr. Ogundeji told our correspondent.

He complained that Governor Olusegun Mimiko has also been causing further division among their legislators since the beginning of the crisis in the assembly.

“The truth of the matter is that the governor [Mimiko] is now using what I will call divide and rule tactics by calling us individually to settle scores over the crisis.

“Mimiko doesn’t want to call us as a group; he is probably trying to make a negotiation and it won’t work for him. We still hold our position that Jumoke Akindele has been impeached as the speaker of the assembly.

“Twenty Ondo State lawmakers signed her [Akindele] impeachment notice and we cannot deny our signatures. Even those who are still with her are just pretending,” he said.

Mr. Ogundeji maintained that Malachi Coker, representing Ilaje Constituency II, has been elected to serve as acting speaker.

While displaying a copy of the signed impeachment letter, Mr. Ogundeji also disclosed that the thirteen aggrieved lawmakers of the parliament were in possession of the assembly’s symbol – the mace and gavel – allowing lawmakers to conduct legislative business at the hallow chamber of the complex.

He disclosed that the thirteen lawmakers are determined to stop any form of corruption regarding the forceful presentation of the 2017 appropriation bill that outgoing Governor Mimiko might try to perpetrate.

“We are ready to stand against any form of injustice and corruption in the assembly, mostly regarding the forceful presentation of the 2017 budget to the House by Mimiko,” Mr. Ogundeji said.

SaharaReporters reported that crisis has been rocking the Ondo State House of Assembly since the discovery of a N15 million fraud allegedly perpetrated by Jumoke Akindele, and the assembly’s paymaster, Makanjuola Adesina.

Credit: Sahara Reporters

Ondo Poll: How Mimiko Orchestrated PDP’s Loss To APC – Kashamu

Senator Buruji Kashamu has revealed that the refusal of Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, to listen to advice on where his successor should come from worked against him and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), during last Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

Kashamu who revealed this in a statement, added that rather than listen to wise counsel, Mimiko turned himself into Fayose’s puppet and allowed the Ekiti State Governor to lead him by the nose.

According to him, “We told Governor Mimiko that after eight years in office, the good people of Ondo State would resist the injustice of producing a successor from the same senatorial district where he hails from.

“It is not that Jegede is not a good material. He is urbane, intelligent and smart. He would have probably won had he come from any other senatorial zone than Mimiko’s.

“We told Mimiko that the people would not take anything that would look like a third term for him and his senatorial district. He would not listen.

“Mimiko turned deaf ears to wise counsel, just like he turned his back on all those who helped him to power.

“Despite being the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Mimiko turned himself into Fayose’s puppet, allowing Fayose to lead him by the nose,” said Kashamu.

Why PDP Lost in Ondo- Kashamu

Shortly after  Akeredolu of the All Progressives Party (APC) was announced as the winner of the Ondo gubernatorial elections, Senator Buruji Kashamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) released a formal statement explaining why his party lost the elections.

Kashamu, in a statement signed by him,  said that the refusal of the incumbent Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to listen to advice on where his successor should come from worked against him and the PDP during the election.

Kashamu said, “We told Governor Mimiko that after eight years in office,  the good people of Ondo State would resist the injustice of producing a successor from the same senatorial district where he hails from.

“It is not that Jegede is not a good material. He is urbane, intelligent and smart. He would have probably won had he come from any other senatorial zone than Mimiko’s.

“We told Mimiko that the people would not take anything that would look like a third term for him and his senatorial district. He would not listen.

“ Mimiko turned deaf ears to wise counsel, just like he turned his back on all those who helped him to power.

“Despite being the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Mimiko turned himself into Fayose’s puppet, allowing Fayose to lead him by the noose.”

This statement further divulges the chaotic state of the PDP. It would be recalled that earlier, Jimoh Ibrahim, a former contender from the other faction of the PDP claimed that he had only contested in order to waste Mimiko and Jegede’s time, to ensure they would not win. “Mimiko is dancing unclad”, he said.

Ondo Polls: Supreme Court Affirms Jegede As PDP Candidate

The Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in this Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo state.

A five-man panel led by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen struck out all appeals challenging the decision of the Appeal Court which ordered the reinstatement of Jegede as the PDP candidate in the Ondo election.

The Onnoghen – led panel said all the issues raised by factional Chairman of the PDP in Ondo State, Biyi Poroye, against Jegede had been overtaken by yesterday’s ruling of the Court of Appeal.

Poroye, who is of the Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction had appealed against the ruling of the appeal Court that reinstated Jegede as PDP governorship candidate.

“The decision of the lower court on the substantive matter yesterday 23/11/2016, that decision has rendered the instant interlocutory appeal academic as appellant has the right to, against the said judgement, including the interlocutory ruling,” Onnoghen ruled.

“In this circumstance, this appeal is hereby struck out with no order as to cost.”

Counsel to the factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chairman in Ondo State, Biyi Poroye, Beluolisa Nwofor, challenged the yesterday’s ruling of the Appeal Court, saying his appeal ought to be heard because the election was few days away.

Nwofor said, “This appeal is different in its entirety because this is the only appeal coming before the governorship election of Ondo fixed for Saturday and it cannot be adjourned because time is of the essence.”

Reacting to Nwofor’s argument, counsel to Jegede, Wole Olanipekun contended that hearing Nwofor’s appeal after the appellate court had delivered judgement in the favour of Jegede has rendered the process academic.

“The final judgement of the court delivered yesterday and the ruling makes it pursuit academic,” Olanipekun said.