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Buhari meets Mimiko over Ondo election


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, behind closed doors in the Presidential Villa in a move ostensibly to address the controversy trailing the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

Recall that the two different factions in the party have presented different candidates for the election.

While the Ahmed Makarfi-led committee primary monitored by INEC threw up Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction whose primary was initially stopped by an Akure High Court, necessitating the primary being moved to Ibadan, Oyo State, also nominated Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim.

Addressing state house correspondents shortly after the meeting with Buhari, Mimiko who faulted INEC’s decision, warned of the potential danger if the situation is not adequately addressed, in order to avert the crisis that could degenerate in the state.

The governor explained that there was no justification for INEC’s decision just as he described Ibrahim’s declaration as crass injustice that must not be allowed to stand.

“Mr. President has promised to look into it and that if there is any injustice, we should be rest assured that it will be rectified.

“I am shocked. In logic, in law, in politics, there is no basis for it whatsoever.

“The whole day ‪from 5:00am‬, I have been on phone with stakeholders to ensure they keep the peace in the state.

“The extent of the protest you have seen has been reduced by our intervention to ensure that there is no breach of peace. For the people of the state, it is just from the blues. I have assured them that this injustice will not stay. We will continue to explore all avenues to make INEC see reasons why this impunity must not stand.

“We don’t want to take chances because somebody in INEC told us that they obey the last order in the commission. Some went to court and obtained two different orders mandating INEC not to substitute Eyitayo Jegede.

“We served one on INEC around 10:00 am yesterday (Thursday), and we served INEC with the other one at the close of business ‪around 3:00 pm‬. Only around 7:00 or ‪8:00 pm‬, we got to know that INEC, for no justifiable reason, had substituted the name of Jegede and replaced it with that of Ibrahim.”

He wondered about the justification for the electoral umpire’s decision, saying: “The question to ask is on whose order has INEC done that? Apart from the fact that we have two restraining orders on INEC, INEC knows fully well that Jimoh Ibrahim’s primaries was in Ibadan.

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  • Basil Ogbanufe

    1. “Addressing state house correspondents shortly after the meeting with Buhari, Mimiko who faulted INEC’s decision, warned of the potential danger if the situation is not adequately addressed, in order to avert the crisis that could degenerate in the state.”

    2. Can PMB claim ignorance?

  • Uzoh63

    Amina Zakari is buhari’s in law appointed by yaradua govt,but still there in INEC.
    She has completed her 5 years term she must be removed if you want unbiased INEC.
    She is behind all these manipulation in INEC,She led INEC Team to Edo election and you saw the crisis there.

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  • AZZO

    Haba governor Mimiko, is this the result of your discussions with the President? – that there were will be further crises in the state if INEC does not reverse its decision? I think notooo!!! We still preach and can still practice expressing differences in opinion in civilised manner in our country. There is and have always been in place machinery to channel and challenge unfavourable decisions in our land. Your language as chief security officer of Ondo state is a bit too strong and gives some concerns. Abegoo!!

  • guy man

    Settle your case oga..You planted sheriff on and the other governors


    pdp you are paying the price of bribe and corruption you instituted in nigerian people ,if not you are not selfish and wicked why so much noise and dragging in every election