Part 1.

Since Gov. ROTIMI AKEREDOLU AKETI was sworn in as the Executive Governor of Ondo State on 24th February, 2017, I deliberately refrained myself from making any comment about him or his administration online and offline for one reason. I used to believe that he never liked Ondo Kingdom, my nativity and my people, the Ekimoguns because of what I was told, untill I had the privilege of alternative view points through conscious interrogation of Aketi’s interaction with and support for Ekimoguns and Ondo Kingdom in the past and now.

Ordinarily, I would have kept mum. But with the brazen falsehood and deliberate distortion of truth making the round due to politics, I owe it a sacred duty to the innocent public to inform them and to situate issues in proper perspective so that they can make informed decisions on issues that affects their lives and the destinies of their unborn generation especially, in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Ondo State.

Again, this reaction becomes absolutely imperative because of the import of the popular quote which goes thus: ” a lie often told without rebuttal wears a toga of truth”. To leave the propaganda being peddled by Aketi’s detractors in Ondo Kingdom unchallenged is to murder truth on the altar of political convenience to the detriment of posterity

Dr. Mimiko’s Governorship Struggle And The Legal Fireworks:

It is an incontrovertible fact that, Mr. Rotimi AKEREDOLU AKETI, SAN, the incumbent Executive Governor of Ondo State was among the “The Legal Team” that assisted Dr. Olusegun Mimiko to retrieve his “stolen mandate” from Dr. Olusegun Agagu (2003-2009) and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in an epic legal battle that lasted for 2 years ( 2007-2009). Others include: Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN and Mallam Yusuff Ali, SAN.

Do you know that, it was the conscientious efforts of the legal team coupled with other factors that led to the landmark judgement delivered at the Appellate Court, Benin City, Edo State, in favour of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko which paved way for the emergence of the first Ekimogun man to be the Executive Governor of Ondo State since the creation of the Sunshine State on February 3rd, 1976?

If I may ask, how else do we define or place this rare committment to friendship and communal aspiration (Ondo Agenda)? In good conscience, is it justifiable or commonsensical based on the foregoing to say that, Arakunrin Rotimi AKEREDOLU AKETI is an enemy of Ondo Kingdom and Ekimoguns?

Truth is constant.

Written by:
Com. OLUBODUN Tayo Marcus.
Fmr. Special Assistant to Dr. Olusegun Mimiko on Political Affairs and Youth Mobilization.

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