Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko says his Lagos State counterpart, Babatunde Fashola, is a better administrator than the Action Congress of Nigeria Leader, Chief Bola Tinubu.
Mimiko said this on Saturday at a rally in Okitipupa ahead of the October 20 governorship poll in the state.
He faulted the comments allegedly made about him by Tinubu, urging the former Lagos State governor to be civil in his utterances.
He said, “Those whose pedigree or track records are in the public domain must tread cautiously.
“The cries of him (Tinubu) coming to capture Ondo State, which is being better managed than any of the ACN controlled states, is a dream that would fall flat on his face.
“In Ondo State, the ACN is not on the ground and they will meet their political waterloo here. What are they doing in Osun that we have not done better?”
The governor added, “Ondo State is better managed than any of their states. I salute Babatunde Fashola. Whatever anybody may say, he has shown a flash of brilliance in governance. But the eight years before Fashola, what did they do in Lagos?
“They used eight years to build just one Millennium School;in just three and a half years, we have built world-class mega schools all over Ondo State.
“They talked about integration, if they want to integrate the South-West, is it going to be in one person’s pockets? If that is integration, then Ondo State will never be a part of such a phoney and deceitful integration.
“If it is the integration for the development of our people; to give world-class education to our people; to give world-class hospitals; integration to develop our public transport; to bring development like we are doing in Ondo State for the generality of the people; oh yes, we are for it.
“But if it is integration of the pockets of one person, we will not be part of it and we are aware that the Yoruba across Ondo State and in the South West know the type of integration that they want.
“It is definitely not the type of integration being preached by the leadership of the ACN.”
Mimiko said he was seeking re-election due to his achievements.
He said, “Our people will vote for me based on my performance and based on the fact that they want a real governor, not a District Officer who will repatriate our funds to his taskmasters.”
The governor insisted that his adminstration had placed the state “on the path of sustainable development”.
Mimiko accused Agagu of “surreptitiously trying to draw back the hands of progress in the state by attempting to foist his stooge on the people”.
He described Agagu as “a non-performer” and challenged him to point to any major project that he executed and completed in the Southern senatorial district of the state.