A top official of the relegated side has stated that the re-election of Governor Mimiko on October 20 holds the key to Rising Stars' new seasonRising Stars will not experience much changes in personnel until after the October 20 Ondo State Governorship elections, an official of the club has told Goal.com.
Rising Stars got demoted to the Nigeria National League after a season in the elite division and as the club prepares for life in the lower division Fisayo Akinkuade, the Supervisor of the club informed Goal.com that as it stands it is the outcome of the Ondo gubernatorial elections that will determine the actual place of the club in the coming season.
The financier of the club, Governor Olusegun Mimiko is seeking re-election for a final second term in office under the platform of Labour Party with a retinue of other contestants eyeing his position.
Akinkuade in a brief chat with Goal.com stated that all lovers of progress and continuity would pray for the return of Mimiko owing to his giant strides in the state and his passionate love for sports especially football.
"I can tell you that we don't have any major pre-occupation now at Rising Stars than to ensure that Governor Mimiko is left to continue in office,"Akinkuade said.
"We don't know the fate of Rising presently and it is the October 20 election that can give many answers to questions that are being raised presently.
"I can not assure you that we know the shape and the outlook of Rising next season now because of the election and we must put all what we have got into bear to ensure that our sports loving governor retains his seat till 2016 at least
"That is when we can say that we will be sure that the finances will not be a problem and Rising Stars can do well in the Nigeria National League," Akinkuade added.
Rising finished in 19th position and was relegated alongside Jigawa Golden Stars and Niger Tornadoes.
The National League is billed to start on October 27.