It is obvious that the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not in agreement with the national secretariat of the party in its assessment of weekend’s gubernatorial election in the state as it moved to contest what it described as a ‘concocted’ election result in the election tribunal.
This is reflected in a statement by PDP’s Publicity Secretary in Akure, Wale Ozogoro, which says the party was compiling and collating reports across the state and would go to the tribunal. The statement said: “The party has noticed misapplication of electoral guidelines in the gubernatorial election… We are indeed convinced that justice will be achieved as we intend to seek same at the appropriate time. However, the party is not taken aback as to the comments of few individuals who feel that the party should not approach justice to seek redress. We want to put it on record that seeking justice at the appropriate quarter is part of the rule of law, which is the bedrock of democratic ethos.
“We, therefore, want to avail ourselves of every available option under the law to seek justice and rekindle the hope and aspiration of all Ondo people that democracy built on fairness, equity, and justice can truly be achieved.”
However, statement by the party’s national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, has shown that the party in Akure was on its own. According to Metuh, in a statement given to Vanguard, the national leadership of the party had already congratulated Mimiko and was not going to court: “The party has taken its own position of not going to court by congratulating Dr. Olusegun Mimiko. We stand by our statement; it is the position of the NWC.”