Agboola: I sympathize with Mimiko —Akeredolu

Ondo Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has replied a statement credited to his predecessor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, saying he cannot market what he termed a treacherous product ahead of the October 10 governorship election.

Mimiko is National leader of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), which has picked Deputy Governor Hon Agboola Ajayi as candidate for the gubernatorial race.

Akeredolu, who spoke through his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, was reacting to comments by Mimiko that he is not a progressive Governor.

Mimiko had berated Akeredolu for abandoning the reproductive health care programme in the state, adding that he would speak out during campaigns.

Mimiko reminded the governor that the ZLP was made up of well-studded politicians and not hypocrites.

The former Ondo Governor said the ZLP was not expecting any surprises from Agboola and other defectors into the party. He described Agboola as a well-groomed and seasoned politician who has learned a lot in politics.

Mimiko said: “We don’t expect any surprises. We know all the good and bad of Agboola. Never trust a man until you give him power.

“Agboola has seen and exercised power. He has a good head and good heart for governance. This is not the time for campaign but I will tell my friend (Akeredolu) why he was able to do what I could not do in eight years.

“Any party that does not drive in the direction of removing the burden of looking for money for reproductive health cannot be called a progressive,” Mimiko said.

However, According to Akeredolu who spoke through Ojogo, “We do not consider what the former Governor said as needful of any response. He must say something to calm down and indeed calm the nervousness of his unsuspecting victims.

“We can only sympathise with him because he has come out to remind the people of Ondo State and as well reactivate their consciousness of his almost forgotten past.

“No one without any treacherous content can market a treacherous product.” Roving Reporters.

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