Report making the rounds that Gov Rotimi Akeredolu threatened his predecessor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has drawn the comment of the incumbent.
Akeredolu, the All Progressives Congress, APC governorship candidate in the upcoming election in Ondo is up against the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, who was commissioner for justice in the state during Mimiko’s administration.
The pair went apart when Mimiko dumped the PDP, for Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, and Jegede chose to stay put.
The PDP candidate and his former principal are said to be in talks in order to ensure Akeredolu’s re-election bid is futile, a plot reportedly to the displeasure of the governor.
The state is awash with report that Akeredolu is planning to instigate the arrest of his predecessor by the EFCC if he (Mimiko) signs off to support Eyitayo against him, a claim the governor denounced in a statement his Commissioner for Information, Mr Donald Ojogo, released.
The statement titled, ‘Re: Threat to expose Mimiko to EFCC,’ read in part: “The widely circulated story line is untrue, puerile and utterly mischievous. It is, in all intents, a cleverly laid path for the two friends to engage in a needless mudslinging.
“It is perhaps pertinent to state unequivocally that Governor Akeredolu does not desire, not even in the least of anyone’s imagination, to travel such pernicious path typical of those who have taken the route of perfidy for the sake of their political ambitions. We have since wished them well even in their self-inflicted tears of treachery and betrayal.
“Governor Akeredolu has nothing against his friend and immediate past predecessor. He has chosen to allow posterity to intercede and interpret the roles of men in whatever form.
“In this regard, the friendship of the duo shall remain unaffected by the current political permutations, alignments and realignment, however impotently strange. Governor Akeredolu shall maintain that cordiality even in the face of opportunism.”