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Mimiko dismisses report of violence in Ondo re-run polls

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Mimiko told journalists yesterday in Lagos that it was a misconception to conclude that the election was marred by violence. “Violence in Ondo by-election is a misconception. That there were isolated cases of violence does not make it violent generally,” Mimiko said.

The governor, however, corroborated INEC spokesman, Adebimpe Awoniyi’s claims that the election was free and fair.

His words: “We went to extra-ordinary length to ensure a free and fair election. We wanted 90 per cent voters’ participation and we got it. The violence that came up at all was by the opposition and despite this, people queued up to vote and I want to commend INEC for doing a good job.

” We were given serial numbers of ballot papers and the issue of hijacking should be ruled out because we adopted serial number tracking. I believe if we have neutral security agencies, we will definitely have free and fair election. This is our first election after our celebrated court case and no one gave Labour Party a chance. But now, we have proved ourselves and everybody has known us.”

The position became vacant following the demise of Akindele Alasoadura, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the April 14, 2007 state assembly polls.

Mimiko assured that the government’s policy would focus on adding value to human lives, saying the government would ensure that the people feel the dividends of democracy.

“Man is the target of whatever we are doing. We want to partner with the market women, reduce maternal mortality and solve the problems of the farmers in the state. We are working in 80 communities and we have engaged volunteer graduates that will evaluate what we are doing,” he said.



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