How Mimiko's Rally Paralysed Business For Commercial Drivers, Motorcyclists
While Ondo, the hometown of former governor of the state, Olusegun Mimiko was agog with his formal defection to Labour Party on Thursday, the transporters in the town are lamenting their losses.
To several of them, Mimiko's political rally was a commercial misfortune and counter-productive activity in the densely populated town.
Mimiko had led a throng of feverish fans in a political rally from his ward 7 in Ondo West local government, through the major streets of the town to the Oba Adesanoye Civic Center, venue of the event.
Taxi drivers and Okada riders whose sources of livelihood solely depend on daily proceeds from their transport businesses were left groaning over the commercial implications of the political activities.
Hamed Ogundakinro, a taxi driver in the town said it was a disappointed day for him.
"My colleagues and I were aware that Mimiko would be decamping on Thursday but we never knew it was going to be a big event like that. If we had known, we would not have bothered coming out with our taxis.
"I have already carried my passengers but all for me to later realize that Mimiko's crowd had blocked everywhere. All my passengers disembarked one after the other without paying a dime to me."
His statement was further corroborated by Lekan Osifeso, an Okada rider.
"Throughout the day, I couldn't carry a single passenger. Everybody was trekking to his or her various destination. Even if a passenger decided to take a bike, there was nowhere to pass. Everywhere had been blocked."
On his part, Fatai Iluyomade, also an Okada rider was out to make money for salah celebration, but that purpose seems to have been defeated.
"Everywhere was jam-packed. When i saw the situation in town, I did not need anybody to tell me to go back home. Even if any passenger stopped me, I would not stop. Where would they expect me to pass?" He asked rhetorically.
An inter-state driver who plies Akure to Lagos also confirmed the development.
"I spent more than three hours in Ondo town before I could maneuver my way through the corners and innermost streets to link the main road outside the town." He said
A civil servant in the town who did not want to be mentioned said it was a height of social and political irresponsibility on the part of the former governor to hold the entire town standstill because he was decamping.
Mimiko officially defected from PDP to Labour party on Thursday after months of speculations.
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