The immediate past Ondo State governor, Dr. Segun Mimiko, has described as tissues of lies purported statement credited to him in a yet to be unveiled book: ‘On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria’, written by Bolaji Abdullahi, in which he (Mimiko) was alleged to have asked the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, to disqualify Muhammadu Buhari from contesting the 2015 presidential election on the strength of ‘no certificate’ allegation.
In his upcoming book, expected to be presented to the public on Nov 30, Abdullahi, who served as Minister under Jonathan from 2011-2014, alleged that Mimiko, then Governor of Ondo state, wanted Buhari, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, prosecuted for “certificate forgery” and disqualified from contesting the election.
The book added that Adoke, who was considered one of the most powerful Ministers under Jonathan, argued against it, maintaining that there was no legal basis to prosecute Buhari.
The APC candidate went on to win the historic election which saw the defeat of an incumbent President for the first time in Nigeria.
In an advance copy of the book, Abdullahi said Mimiko was at the forefront of the agitation to have Adoke issue a fiat that would have given the power to a private citizen to prosecute Buhari for certificate forgery which could have led to his disqualification from the election, “or at the very least, disrupt the electoral process”
While reacting to the allegation, Mimiko said there was no time he wanted Buhari disqualified or told Jonathan to prosecute Buhari.
He said the statement as contained in the book was the imagination of Abdullahi, made up to give the book undue relevance.
He said such allegation was wild and only robed in a garment of truth by the author, saying there was no time he sought for Buhari’s disqualification.