The Ondo State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has said it is not under pressure to withdraw the petition filed against the declaration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko as the winner of the October 20 election.
The party maintained that its governorship candidate, Olusola Oke, was not being lobbied to abandon his petition at the Election Tribunal by the national leadership of the party.
In a statement signed by the state publicity secretary, Wale Ozogoro, the PDP said it has not directed its candidate to withdraw his petition against Dr. Mimiko, adding that the party is bent on reclaiming their “stolen mandate”. “Indeed as of today both the national leadership of our party and the presidency has not called Chief Olusola Oke or the leadership of the party at the state level to either lobby or direct them to withdraw the petition. Rather the national leadership of the party, had commended our performance at that election and stated that we performed creditably well despite all odds”.
The Ondo PDP said the party and its gubernatorial candidate are determined to pursue the electoral appeal at the election tribunal to its logical conclusion, noting that the party claimed that the rumour that it is withdrawing the petition is Dr Mimiko’s propaganda.“We must not pretend to be unaware of the desperate move of the incumbent Governor, Olusegun Mimiko in his usual manner along with his cohorts to continuously deceive the people. This is by sponsoring hyper media propaganda and surreptitious move interred with deceit, falsehood and pretense all aimed at suggesting a comeback to PDP which is automatically a fluke and a still birth,” .
The PDP said speculation in the media that Mr. Mimiko will join the PDP is a fluke meant to distract the party from following through with its petition against the incumbent. “Mimiko that we know, is not ready to come to PDP, his major interest is how to heinously and tactically explore all avenue including the media to get PDP and Chief Olusola Oke to withdraw the petition having been advised by his counsels that indeed PDP had a strong petition against him,”.

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