The Accord Party (AP) governorship candidate in Ondo State, who was excluded by the electoral umpire, Mr. Olawale Ojo, has accused his party of collecting money from Governor Olusegun Mimiko to adopt him for the October 20 poll.
The party’s candidate vowed to continue his case in court, saying the purported adoption of the Labour Party’s candidate had no effect on the merit of the matter.
Olawale, who berated the party’s chairman for feigning ignorance of the court case, claimed that all the documents used to file the suit were signed by him (the chairman).
Speaking with National Mirror, he said: “Don’t mind the man who calls himself the state chairman of the party. He has collected money from Mimiko. After my exclusion from the election by the INEC and we went to court, the chairman said we should approach Mimiko and deceive him into giving us money. But I said no. I told him that we should not play with our integrity and the future of this state.
“I will still pursue the case in court. It is a lie that the chairman and members of the state executive committee of the party were not aware of the suit. Ask him, who signed all the papers that we used to file the case. Was it not the chairman?”
But, the state chairman of the party, Dr. Jibola Falaiye, described the court case as a futile exercise, even though he admitted that Olawale’s emergence as the party’s flag bearer followed due process.