Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has congratulated the winner of last Saturday’s governorship election in the state, the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu.
Mimiko sent the congratulatory message on Monday to the state’s Governor-elect.
However, he differed from his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, which decried the election in Abuja on Monday.
In a statement by Mimiko’s Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, made available in Akure, the Governor said “it behoves on me as Governor of Ondo State to congratulate the Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and wish him success in the challenging task of governing our dear state.”
The Ondo State Governor added that “it is incumbent upon me as Governor to facilitate smooth transition between my government and the incoming one. I will, to this end, provide the ambience for a smooth and seamless transition process.”
While promising to continue to provide leadership to the state until the takeover date, Mr. Mimiko expressed appreciation to the people of the state.
He added that “I use this medium to express my sincere appreciation to all our citizens for the very peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the election period.
“I will not waiver in providing needed leadership to our dear state till the last day of my tem.” He then urged residents to strive to sustain the peace enjoyed in the state for the past seven years and promised to speak with the people as occasion demands “as my eight-year tenure inches to an end.”
Mimiko’s congratulations came hours after the Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP rejected the results of Saturday’s election.
The party accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of rigging the election in favour of Akeredolu, and vowed to challenge it in court.
The spokesman for the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led faction, Dayo Adeyeye, said the results of election were not in conformity with the voting pattern, describing the exercise as a “charade and not the true reflection of the will of the people of Ondo State”.