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.
The final week before Ondo State gubernatorial elections has featured surprising twists and turns. In a campaign that has been fraught with crisis in diverse quarters, the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court has finally helped the divided People’s Democratic Party (PDP) settle on one candidate, Eyitayo Jegede- just two days before elections.
A 5-man panel led by acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen, struck out the interlocutory appeals after hearing them as insisted by Jimoh Ibrahim’s counsel, Barrister Nwofor; thus crushing the last hopes Jimoh Ibrahim fervently claimed on Wednesday.
Following the Court of Appeal’s order for the Independent National Electoral Commission to declare Mr. Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Saturday governorship election, the other factional candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim proceeded to the highest court of the land, where his appeal was struck out the following day.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, already said Jimoh Ibrahim will be replaced with Eyitayo Jegede. This is because INEC had earlier replaced Jegede’s name with Ibrahim following an earlier ruling of an Abuja Federal High Court.
Reports claim that there was wild jubilation in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Wednesday following the judgment of the Court of Appeal, as pictures of the state residents celebrating on the streets of Akure filtered online.
Leader of the women group, of the PDP, Mrs. Easter Ebiwonjumi, told newsmen that the women in the state were happy about the court’s order against Jimoh Ibrahim.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim in a statement released shortly after Wednesday’s judgement accused the incumbent governor, Olusegun Mimiko of paying for the judgment with the state treasury, saying that “Mimiko will not succeed himself with Jegede; this is too sure”.