Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has denied offering bribe of any kind to justices of the Court of Appeal. Mimiko in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, said the allegation of bribery was yet another effort to distract the judiciary and confuse the public by Jimoh Ibrahima and his agent, one Biyi Poroye.
“We have heard of the grave but specious allegation by one Biyi Poroye and Mr Jimoh Ibrahim that Governor Mimiko openly boasted about offering, and or offered, bribe running into hundreds of Millions of Naira to some Justices of the Appeal Court in respect of the cases before their Lordships on the 2016 election in Ondo State. “We say, without any equivocation, that the governor did not offer bribe of any amount let alone boast of doing so to any justice of the Court of Appeal,” the statement said.
Biyi Poroye had in a petition to the Court of Appeal Panel on the Ondo case alleged that Governor Mimiko bribed the justices and boasted about the bribe. The Ondo Governor added that the allegation was an obvious lie which should ordinarily have been discountenanced but for the fact that now more than ever before lies and falsehood are believed more than the truth.“With the prevalence of blackmail, propagation of lies and outright falsehood on the Ondo election, we hasten to say that this ungodly lie is what it is: a concoction from the pit of hell, ” the statement reads. Mimiko who welcomed the effort of the courts to investigate the allegation of bribery also gave hints of legal actions to bring the liars to justice.