Who wins Ondo governorship election-Mimiko,Akeredolu,Oke knows fate today
The moment is of decision for the 2012 Ondo state governorship election is finally here. The three major candidates- Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour party,Dr.Olusola Oke of the Peoples Democratic party and Chief Rotimi Akeredolu of the action congress of Nigeria (ACN) are all hopeful that the election would swing in their favour.
Political observers believe that the election is an indication that friends in politics don’t last. Not a few were surprised when the leadership of the ACN came down heavily on Mimiko who was once their strong political ally. The party alleged that Mimiko betrayed them.Former Lagos governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu said Mimiko’s performance sheet is complete zero. He said people should vote him out of power.
A close aide of Governor Mimiko told niyitabiti.net that it was obvious that the candidate of the ACN was “imported to a dirty job. but it won’t work in Ondo state. ‘Godfatherism’ is a thing of the past we must not allow it to go on in Nigeria politics”
While Olusegun Mimiko has the advantage of the power of incumbency and the goodwill of certain section of the state,Mr. Akeredolu is banking on the goodwill of ACN as the present political party of choice in south west Nigeria. Akeredolu , a lawyer and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association does not have a strong political structure in the state but resting his back on the support of some south west governors and Tinubu the national leader of his party.
A political observer in Akure told Gistmaster that politics is unpredictable. Though Mimiko has strong chances of emerging the winner just like Akeredolu but the underestimated candidates like Oke can win. “Remember how Chief Micheal Otedola became governor in Lagos state?” he asked rhetorically.
Latest news coming from Ondo state indicate that INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) has been screening voters in various units across the state