by Sunday Aborisade, Akure


Pan Yoruba social and political organisation, Afenifere, says  the outcome of Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State has signalled the end of the Action Congress of Nigeria in South-West.

•Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko (middle), his wife, Olukemi; and Deputy Chairman, Labour Party, Chief Dele Akinyele (second left) in the queue for their accreditation for the governorship election at Ward 7 , Ago-Itunu, in Ondo town | credits:

The group said this in its letter  to the winner of the poll, Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

The letter signed by Chief Reuben Fasoranti (Leader) and Chief Seinde Arogbofa (Security) reads in part,  “Afenifere salutes Mr. Governor and wishes him well.”

The group  said the outcome of the election had  shown  that Yoruba people were tired of the ACN and would “kick them out at the appropriate time”.

The letter added,  “This victory, amongst other things, is victory over god-fatherism, a rejection of political imposition and slavery from outside the state and the people’s hope of a better deal to come.

“One or two of your predecessors have one way or the other broken the jinx of second term in office. But yours is unique and not associated with rancour or political upheaval. We appreciate God for you.”

The group advised Mimiko to justify the confidence reposed in him by the electorate “through aggressive attack on graduate and able-bodied joblessness, consolidation of social services to the people and the multiplication of same to those who are yet to benefit from the government largess”.

Afenifere added,  “There is a need for the exhibition of fair play and justice to all and carry the banner of progressive politics into national politics now that the eclipse of the ACN is unavoidable.

“We entered into electoral cooperation with you (Mimiko) in the  election for mutual respect in all ramifications for you to give better governance to our people, and for the creation of a forum for the emergence of a healthy third force to counter an emerging group under the leadership of few disrespectful, snobbish, arrogant, ravaging and power-thirsty politicians.

“In the march for progress and greater things to come, he should consider an all inclusive government to assist him in the governance of the state.”


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