REPORT: Former governor Mimiko set to defect back to Labour Party

Former governor of Ondo state and chieftain of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko is set to defect back to Labour Party, LeadersNG learned.

 

Dr. Mimiko, LeadersNG gathered, formed Labour Party in Ondo State four months to 2007 governorship election after his ambition met a stiff opposition from the then President, Olusegun Obasanjo who refused to accept Mimiko’s resignation letter from his cabinet after the former had told him of his intention to contest for the governorship election.

 

However, Mimiko against all odds, contested the 2007 election and won convincingly but was denied his mandate. Dr. Mimiko had later challenged the victory of Olusegun Agagu and won at the appeal court.

 

LeadersNG further learned that many Chieftain of PDP had persuaded him to join PDP with a promise that he would be the governorship candidate of the party, the gesture the governor out-rightly rejected.

 

Mimiko went on to seek re-election under the platform of Labour Party with the support of Former President Goodluck Jonathan who promised a free, fair and credible polls. He won re-election against the current governor of Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu who was heavily funded by Bola Ahmed Tinibu and other defunct ACN governors.

 

Mimiko became first governor to win re-election in the history of Ondo state as no incumbent governor had won re-election before, a fit many analysts said was unprecedented.

 

LeadersNG understands that Dr. Mimiko decided to quit the People’s Democratic Party due to lack of internal democracy, high handedness, impunity by current National Working Committee of the party.

An aide of the governor and former commissioner in the state, who spoke with LeadersNG said, the former governor is aggrieved with his former colleagues who first imposed former governor of Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff then the current chairman of the party, Uche Secondus.

 

The governors, LeadersNG learned had agreed to Zone the chairmanship position to South-West who had not produced chairman before. The convention to pick the next chairman of the party was botched due to internal wrangling within the party.

Former governor Mimiko who was chairman of PDP governors forum then, it was gathered advised the governors against the choice of Ali Modu Sheriff whom the duo, governor Wike and Fayose had handpicked to lead the party.

 

Mimiko and other party faithfuls including the BOT members opposed Ali Modu Sheriff’s choice due to allegation hanging around his neck that he was the founder of dreaded Boko Haram insurgents that have claimed thousands of lives and his close ties with President Buhari.

After the botched Portharcourt convention, a Caretaker Committee was set up and former governor of Kaduna state, Ahmed Makarfi was chosen to lead the party as Interim Chairman.

Former governor Ali Modu Sheriff, displeased with the manner in which he was ousted, decided to seek redress in court.

The case lingered for long and the party was on its path to oblivion until the Supreme Court intervened and ruled that Makarfi is the authentic Chairman of the party.

Prior to the judgement of the Supreme Court, Dr. Mimiko and Ondo State PDP had sought to upturn the judgement of Justice Okon Abng which had recognized Jimoh Ibrahim as the guber candidate of PDP in Ondo.

The internal crisis within the party affected governor Mimiko’s chance of producing a successor as business mogul, Jimoh Ibrahim had claimed he was the authentic guber candidate of the party.

The governorship candidate of Makarfi led Caretaker Committee, Eyitayo Jegede could not campaign till the election as they were shuttling between Akure and Abuja until two days to the election where the Supreme Court ruled that Eyitayo Jegede was the legitimate candidate of the People’s Democratic Party.

Mimiko’s main resentment according to an aide was that, Governor Wike and Fayose’s imposition of Ali Modu Sheriff on the party which later resulted in an endless litigations prevented him from producing a successor and Fayose thereafter went about accusing governor Mimiko of betraying the party during the election, whereas, the governor did all he could to win the election for the party.

Moreover, a new date was fixed for Abuja convention and it was agreed that for equity and fairness, the South-West should produce the Chairmanship position but governor Wike and Fayose went against this agreement by imposing Uche Secondus, a political ally of Rivers governor.

The elective convention was fraught with irregularities with many chieftains like Professor Jerry Gana, Prof. Adeniran and many others leaving the party for Social Democratic Party.

Chief Bode George, Dr. Mimiko LeadersNG also learned, boycotted the convention due to the premeditated outcome of the convention.

If Dr. Mimiko defects tomorrow, it will be the second time he would leave the People’s Democratic Party.

Dr. Mimiko is well known to be a democrat, an ardent believer of social welfare and true federalism.

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