Governor Olusegun Mimiko,
The Ondo State chapter of the Congress For Progressive Change (CPC) has declared that contrary to reports, it has no petition before the the state Election Petitions Tribunal challenging the victory of Governor Olusegun Mimiko, in the October 20, 2012 governorship election in the state.
The party said it will take legal steps against the inclusion of the party’s name in the petitions before the tribunal.
Mimiko, who contested the election on the platform of the Labour Party (LP) was declared winner, beating the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress For Progressive Change (CPC), among other parties.
The state’s party chairman and Secretary respectively, Mr. Olujimi Lumowo and Tony Obaoye, in a statement to journalists in Akure, the state capital yesterday, said the clarification became necessary following a newspaper report that the party has a petition at the tribunal against Mimiko.
The party said: “Though our party contested in the October 20, 2012 Ondo State governorship election with Soji Ehinlawo as our flagbearer, yet, our party never took any decision to challenge the result of the election via a petition at the state election tribunal.”
Submitting that though it was a known position of law that the party’s flag bearer as well as the political party, by the dictates of the Electoral Act 2011 has the right whether to challenge such result of the election or not, the party recalled however, that shortly after the winner of the election was declared, the party’s national leadership congratulated the winner in person of Mimiko.
“The national leadership of our great party resolved that we will not challenge the result and in utmost adherence to the party’s supremacy in decision making, we accepted the national leadership’s decision as we considered it to be fair and just, The chieftains said, adding that “it is to our utmost dismay and disbelief when we learnt that our political party has been joined as a party or one of the petitioners challenging the result at the election petition tribunal.”
The leaders further affirmed that the state’s executives of the CPC “in consonance with the position of our national leadership hereby inform the general public that we have been fraudulently represented at the Ondo State election tribunal and that we are not in any way challenging the result of the October 20.
“We shall expeditiously take legal steps to ensure the striking out of our party’s name as one of the petitioners.
Further reiterating its position against the election petition, the party chieftain disclosed that Mr. Olalekan Obolo has ceased to be the state chairman of the party.
It stated that “this is sequel to the vote of no confidence cast on him and the attendant removal from office which has been ratified by the national leadership of the party.”