Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau on Monday in Abuja, asked Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo to stop running to President Muhammadu Buhari for solution to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) internal problems.
Lalong said this while speaking to State House correspondents after he formally presented Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, the All Progressives Congress’s gubernatorial candidate in Ondo, to President Buhari.
According to him, Buhari is the President of Nigeria, and neither a PDP member nor INEC chairman.
He said “Let me say it was even wrong for them to start running to Mr President,to help them solve the problem of PDP in their party, Mr President is the President of Nigeria and he is not a member of PDP.
“Even when we have problems in APC, we don’t run to Mr President, if he (Mimiko) has a problem in his state, he is the governor,let him stay there and resolve the matter.
“It is a matter between PDP and PDP, and those matters are in court, so, why should you run to the President,is the President the chief judge of Nigeria? He is not the INEC chairman either.”
Lalong, who is the Chairman of the APC Governorship campaign in Ondo, revealed that President Buhari had endorsed the candidature of Rotimi Akeredolu as APC candidate for the election.
Akeredolu, who also spoke to the correspondents, expressed optimism that the APC would win the Nov.26 gubernatorial election in Ondo.
He said “l can always tell you,people who know me,they know that I talk most times with some confidence,let me assure you here that by the grace of God,we will win the election in Ondo state.’’
On his relation with the national leader of APC, Ahmed Tinubu, Akeredolu dismissed the insinuation that he had scores to settle with him.
He said that Tinubu’s silence over the conduct of the APC primaries signified acceptance of the exercise.
He said, “I don’t have any rift with him,since the primaries you would see that as leaders of the party,he has not said anything about it, he has accepted the primaries and we are moving on.
“So, I don’t have any rift with him at all and we are moving on.’’
Akeredolu called on the security apparatus in Ondo “to be up and doing so that they don’t allow miscreants to take over the state’’.
“What we said is don’t allow miscreants to be out as it could lead to the breakdown of law and order; so its not that we are afraid,but we fear for the lives and property of the people of Ondo state.”
On facing Jimoh Ibrahim and Jegede, the APC gubernatorial candidate said he would have been happier facing both of them together.
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