The Mimiko Campaign Organisation has advised the ACN leader, Bola Tinubu, to behave like a statesman worthy of the toga of the national leader of a political party rather than like a common street boy in his manners and utterances.
The organisation gave the advice to Tinubu in Akure following what it termed “unwarranted verbal attacks” by him against the person of the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
It expressed regret that a leader could employ the use of raw and dirty language.
The MCO’s Director of Publicity and Media Relations, Mr Kolawole Olabisi, while berating Tinubu, stated that there was nothing to show for it in the state under the ACN governors.
“Pray, isn’t it absurd that Tinubu could be asking the people to vote for his party when all over the South-west where he controls, governance is at it lowest ebb. It has been industrial disputes galore as workers and government are at loggerhead over unpaid salaries and emoluments.
Students of higher institutions are groaning while they pay through their noses. Yet, they say they want to capture Ondo State which is better governed than any of these states and has become a benchmark in the art of good governance in Nigeria.
“When the so-called leaders dance naked on national television and unleash verbal abuses on a sitting governor of a state who has done nothing but high sense of respect for him as well as assault the sensibility of the people of Ondo State, then such leaders should be prepared to be disgraced.
“How can a leader also ask the people of Ondo State to re-enact the terrible episode of the 1983 election violence if his party should lose the election?
“We urged the security operatives to be abreast of all the vituperation and pure incitement of the people by Tinubu and other leaders of the ACN at today’s so-called redemption rally of theirs and take note of unfolding events as the election approaches, “ MCO advised
Meanwhile, Tinubu has described Mimiko as a liar for saying that he did not collect any money from him during his struggle to reclaim his mandate.
The ACN leader specifically stated that he gave Mimiko both money and vehicle, stating that Mr Wole Olanipekun, who Mimiko called as witness, was not there when they discussed.
Tinubu said he gave millions of pounds during the forensic investigation of voting materials, adding that one lawyer, Osibajo, was the one moving from Bristow to Israel all for Mimiko.
Speaking at a rally to round off ACN’s national campaign for its candidate in this weekend’s gubernatorial election held at the Democracy Park in the heart of Akure, the state capital, Tinubu alongside the governors of Oyo, Ekiti, Osun, Lagos and Edo States said it was only when all the states in the South-west came under one political umbrella that the issue of integration can be possible and which would strengthen the old Western Region politically, socially and economically.
The remarks of each of the speakers, who asked the electorate to reject Mimiko from the Alagbaka Government House, was the waving of red card to signify the sending out of the incumbent from office.
While asking the electorate to protect their votes, the former governor of Ogun State, Segun Osoba and Tinubu urged the people to do what they did to those who rigged election in 1983.
Osoba, who said the people of the state remained in the forefront of rejecting rigging in 1983, asked them to come out early in the morning, cast their votes and protect same like they did in 1983 when popular candidates were rigged out in the South West states.
The former governor said the people of the state have a lot to gain be joining the mainstream of the South-west politics, adding that when he interrelated with other states of the region when he was the governor of Ogun State.
Tinubu expressed happiness that Mimiko himself said Governor Babatunde Fashola who he supported as the Lagos State Governor did well saying the prayer of any parent is that their children should do better.
“He calls me godfather, I am a positive godfather. Godfather here is for development, it is for progress. All I want in the South West is what Awolowo did. The shoe of Awolowo is too big for me. All I want is a vision, the liberation of the South West and Ondo State”, he said.
Tinubu described Akeredolu as the best candidate for the Saturday’s election when all his attributes are taking into consideration.
Speaking, the ACN candidate, Akeredolu said though the state is richly blessed but had been suffering because it lacked good leaders.
While assuring the people that he would win the election, Akeredolu declared three day fasting for the electorate because of the election. He urged the electorate to fast on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday saying it is ACN that will liberate Ondo State.