Akeredolu Campaign Organisation on Tuesday insisted that Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s popularity had declined in the state after the opposition parties scored more votes during Saturday’s election.
The ACO, in a statement on Tuesday by its Director of Media, Mr. Idowu Ajanaku, said the result “is clear contrast with the performance of Mimiko in 2007 in which he was declared winner in 2009 by the Court of Appeal”.
According to the group, Mimiko in 2007 polled 198,261 votes, which represents 55 per cent of the vote cast, while his current 260,199 votes represents only 41.7 per cent of the total 624,659 vote cast.
Ajanaku said the result “is reflecting a proportional decline meaning that the opposition got the majority of the votes.”
He said the Action Congress of Nigeria had given a great show in the election with a remarkable improvement on its previous performances in elections in the state.
He said, “The lot of the Labour Party on the other hand, has dwindled as result of the rejection of Mimiko by the majority of the voters.
Ajanaku said, “Indeed, on the declaration of the election result, Akure city was in mourning until the LP supporters had to be forced out for some sort of celebration as against the spontaneous celebration of 2009 after Mimiko’s mandate was restored.
“This speaks volumes on the authenticity of the victory, which we believe when tested, will reveal what sort it is made, whether it be of sand or solid rock.”
“In fact, the ACN gave a good showing in all the local government areas, in spite of the massive rigging, intimidation of supporters in the party’s strongholds, cancellation of results in Idanre, Ipele and Okitipupa, among others.
“We are poised to put the LP government on its toes from day one pending the outcome of the meeting of the leadership of our great party to decide on the next line of action on the massive irregularities experienced in the conduct of the October 20 elections.”