The Mimiko Campaign Organisation (MCO) has thanked the people ofOndo State for their unalloyed support and show of love for the State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko while his campaign for re-election lasted.
It assured the people that Governor Mimiko, who is the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), would not disappoint them when he is re-elected for a second term in office as he would continue to work for them with renewed vigour to take the State to greater heights.
MCO in a press statement while expressing gratitude to the people on behalf of Governor, however urged the people of the State to be alive to their civic responsibilities to come out in their numbers to cast their vote and stand by their decision to ensure the continuation of a performing Governor who has turned the State into a cynosure of all eyes within the space of three and a half years.
According to MCO's Statement signed by its Director of Publicity and media Relations, Mr Kolawole Olabisi, the opposition parties in the State have mapped out series of plans to rig Saturday’s election because it was obvious that Dr Olusegun Mimiko could not be defeated in a free and fair election.
“As we are writing this press statement, the opposition parties are running from pillar to post with evil plans to thwart your popular wish which is to return Dr Mimiko for a second term based on the monumental progress which he had brought to Ondo State within a short time.
“Indeed, aside from bringing in sensitive election materials which they hope to plant into the polling units with the connivance of some compromised officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), they have also brought in fake Military, Police, Youth Corps Members and Civil Defence uniforms to try to intimidate you, the electorate on the day of election to enable them switch genuine ballot papers with already thump printed ones on the election days.
“Also, according to the rigging blueprint of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which we are privy to, they are to use these fake military and police officers to carry out what they termed the USI_EKITI module. By this, INEC Presiding officers and Polling Agents are to be attacked as soon as they leave INEC offices with ballot papers for their various Polling Units on the day of election; the ballot materials would thereafter be snatched and destroyed by these fake officers. These attacks are to be carried out in places where they know they cannot win. This was the system that they used in Usi Ekiti, one of the strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the election re-run in the State thereby disenfranchising the whole community.”
The MCO therefore called on the people to be vigilant and be on the lookout for agents who would be scouting for people to bribe to lure them to vote for their party at the polling units.
“When you see a strange face lurking around your Unit, shout and get the attention of the security personnel that would be attached to each Unit. They want to buy your vote with a view to leading you into second slavery, they have nothing for you but aggravated poverty, repatriation of our resources to their godfather in Ibadan, Lagos and Osogbo, scrapping of our famous Abiye hospitals, mega schools, mother and child hospitals, our neighbourhood markets, free school bus shuttles among others because they say you don’t deserve them in Ondo State,” the Statement stated.
The MCO equally enjoined the security operatives already posted to the State to be abreast of the oppositions’ dastard plans and be ready to bring culprits to book saying that the people of Ondo Statewant the assurances by Mr President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan that security officers would ensure a level play field to be strictly adhered to.