Labour Party (LP), which won Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State, on Tuesday advised the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which came third to learn to be a good loser, noting that its (LP) candidate, Governor Segun Mimiko, was duly voted in for a second term because of his performance in the last four years.
National spokesman of the LP, Ikpe Etokudo, observed in a statement on Tuesday that the refusal of ACN to acknowledge defeat in the poll despite overwhelming evidence was demonstrative of its true colour.
A statement by National spokesman of the LP, Ikpe Etokudo, said: “The hue and cry raised by ACN over the nationally acclaimed Ondo governorship poll shows the true colour of the party.
“It is a party of bad losers; the poll was adjudged to be free and fair by everyone else, including monitors and observers, except the ACN.
“It is common knowledge that hard work, diligence, and selfless service bring a harvest of gratitude and reward – Dr. Mimiko for years served Ondo well and was rewarded by the people with resounding victory.
“ACN should abandon its pride and give honour to whom honour is due; the party should eat its humble pie, accept defeat and congratulate Mimiko and his party for deserved victory, and also join hands with the Governor who has a caring heart to move Ondo State forward.”
However, the ACN, which initially claimed it was studying the result of the poll as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has since disclosed that it would go to court over the matter.
The PDP in Ondo State has also taken exception to some of its party’s national leaders congratulating Mimiko over his victory.
It would be recalled that the national secretariat of the PDP and the party’s national leader, President Goodluck Jonathan had last Sunday congratulated Dr. Mimiko on his declaration as winner of the election. Disagreeing with the assertions of its officers in Abuja, the state chapter of the party, yesterday, expressed surprise over the way and manner with which members and leaders of the party have been congratulating Mimiko over the result of the election.
A statement by the state Director of Media and Publicity of PDP, Ayo Fadaka, said: “Our attention has been attracted to various comments and congratulatory messages sent by the National Publicity Secretary of the party and even some leaders of the party to Dr Olusegun Mimiko over his victory in the last election that is fraught with irregularities.
“This flurry of messages, particularly by our kith and kin in the PDP without due consultation with us at the state level to discover what actually went wrong, has the potent tendency to misconstrue our position and the actions we intend to take on this matter.
“We take serious exception to the obvious lack of camaraderie in our party and the indecent haste of certain functionaries to fall on each other in congratulating a man who essentially is a beneficiary of a compromised election.
“It is important to place on record that the avalanche of the security provided for the election was lethargic and absolutely in contrast to what obtained in Edo State.
“The posted security men were only visible and present in the urban areas and they left the rural areas and villages unpoliced thereby allowing Mimiko and his goons to compromise the election.
“We are still gathering evidences of malpractices perpetrated in this election and what we have gathered so far will shock apostles of one man one vote to their marrows, therefore we declare most irrevocably that we will contest the result of this election and we assure our people we will get victory and Mimiko will leave government the same way he came.”
“As far as the PDP in Ondo State is concerned, the battle is just beginning and victory is certain; let whoever so desires continue to congratulate Mimiko but we will battle him legally.