The Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has faulted the video clips recorded during the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) election held last Friday in Abuja.
Mimiko who said this at the Democracy Day lecture delivered by the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute for International Affairs, Professor Bola Akinterinwa, in Akure, also challenged Governor Rotimi Amaechi to release the three-hour recording of the entire election, adding that the recorded clips released to an on-line publication on Tuesday only covered an aspect which represented the intention of the Pro-Amaechi’s group.
Governor Mimiko who is also a factional Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, also said the footage was a tool of propaganda by the pro-Rotimi Amaechi supporters.
In his words: “Nigerians should ask the Pro-Amaechi group why he presided over an election in which he is also contesting. I specifically raised that issue and insisted that he must resign but his supporters maintained that he should supervise the poll as a sitting chairman.
“They asked me whether I resigned my position while seeking a re-election for a second term in office and I replied them that it was not the same thing because the NGF is like an association not a democratic institution which had its existence entrenched in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“When it was obvious that we could not guarantee the source of the ballot boxes and ballot papers brought by Amaechi, I protested again that we should conduct the election openly by raising up our hands in support of our preferred candidate, again, they rejected. The ballot papers they produced were without serial numbers and we discovered this was a fraud, hence there were protests.”