‎Panic in Labour Party as Governor Mimiko concludes plan to join PDP

Governor Olusegun Mimiko

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo has concluded plans to dump the Labour Party [LP] for Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a development that has sparked panic in the state chapter of the LP.

Mr. Mimiko disclosed this to LP leaders across the state in a meeting at the Governor’s Office on Friday evening in Akure, the state capital.

An attendee at the meeting told PREMIUM TIMES that “we were all shocked ‎when he told us his decision”.

“Of course we know he has been fraternising with Jonathan and we have no problem with that, but how do we cope with the  original PDP who have always seen us as sworn enemies since the days of (late) Agagu,” the party leader in a local government said.

The PDP ‎is the major opposition to the Labour Party in Ondo. The party’s candidate, Olusola Oke, a former national legal adviser of the PD,P came second behind Mr. Mimiko in the last governorship election in the state.

Mr. Mimiko displaced, after a court battle in the aftermath of the 2007‎ elections, the late Olusegun Agagu. Mr. Oke is now believed to be the leader of the PDP in Ondo.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that to convince the attendees at Friday’s meeting of the need to move to the PDP, Mr. Mimiko told them of the dwindling revenue accruing to the state.

“He said he needs to join the PDP so as to be able to negotiate more revenue for Ondo and bring more federal presence here,” another attendee at the meeting which ended at about 7:00 p.m. said.

The governor then told his supporters that he would publicly announce his decision at a mega rally in early September.

Panic among LP supporters

Ondo is the only state in Nigeria governed by the LP.

While Mr. Mimiko told his supporters he had made up his mind, many of them are said to be uncomfortable with the decision, particularly because of the bitter rivalry between the LP and PDP members at the grassroots level in the state.

“Look at Okitipupa and the entire Ondo South, which everyone knows is the PDP stronghold,” an attendee said. “Are our people there going to be subservient to or displace the Agagu people there.”

The source made reference to the recent House of Representatives bye-election in Ilaje-Ese Odo constituency which INEC declared inconclusive due to the chaos‎ and intense rivalry between the PDP and LP supporters and their candidates. The constituency is part of the Ondo South senatorial district.

“Rather than join PDP, many of our people oin those areas would prefer to join the APC [All Progressives Congress]. It’s just that the APC in Ondo is almost comatose,” a Labour Party leader in Ondo South, said.

Mimko speaks

When contacted on Mr. Mimiko’s plans to dump the Labour Party, his spokesperson, Eni Akinsola, confirmed that the governor  had been under ‘immense pressure’ to join the PDP.

He confirmed that the governor had been meeting with his supporter‎s in the past one week on the issue.

“He left PDP because of injustice,” Mr. Akinsola said, alluding to Mr. Mimiko’s membership of the PDP prior to the 2007 election. “He’s been discussing with his supporters across the state on his next line of action.”

Mr. Akinsola also hinted that the 2015 support for President Goodluck Jonathan may have influenced Mr. Mimiko’s decision, saying, “He’s never hidden his support for President Goodluck Jonathan.”

The spokesperson said Mr. Mimiko would make his decision public ‘very soon.‎’


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  • Sawyer P

    It underscores the latent fact that these politicians are simply jobless men whose cardinal driver is self – That is: ‘How can they secure their pockets and remain employed’. Mimiko knows knows that after he concludes his second and final term, he will remain irrelevant and may not get federal appointment if he remains in his Labour party. So, after 8yrs, the manifesto, party principles and ideologies of Labour Party, upon which he has governed and led the Ondo state people, suddenly becomes irrelevant. Yes! Irrelevant because he now cares about his own pocket infrastructure. Nonsense!

    This is why those of us who don’t believe in this useless one Nigeria keep praying and fasting day and night for this continent Nigeria to break up into its real Nations so that the idiots who feel they can come play on the intelligence of their people to satisfy their innate personal ambition and aggrandizement can be summarily dealt with in fashions that will not evoke ethnic sentiments. But for now, ideology-less politicians like Mimiko can go on partying…but everyday for the thief, one day for the owner. Nonsense!

    • Maria

      Has he ever cared about the people?

      • Tatafo

        I hear the guy dey smoke something. Na true?

        • redeem

          like tinubu abi

      • redeem

        has the fulanis ever cared———————————————–ati APC

    • redeem

      was it because of ministerial appointment that made Adams the edo state governor dump LP————–my prayer daily is for Nigeria to break up-so that we can go with our kit and kin–even if its one local government area-

    • Tunsj

      Well said. Time to break up.

  • Dr. Kay

    He is in his second term and it will soon be over for him thereafter, so he is putting his future before the party that brought him to power . By joining PDP he is calculating that Jona will give him a ministerial position . He doesn’t give a damn about the people in the Labour Party wether they want to join PDP or not. As the article says he has made up his mind and they putting him under pressure. He even have a lame excuse of wanting federal presence and less federal money coming the way of ondo, a state that iscollecting more revenue as a oil producing state, haba. Not that he has consulted widely with his supporters before they give him the mandate to go to another party . The problem with our kind of democracy is that we follow the man and not on the principles he espouses ,Mimiko has just shown the kind of person he is , the stomach infrastructure politician. Th me , myself and I type . All the supporters can go to hell.

  • Emeka

    But he has been ally of PDP. He is just. Going back to his people. And his arch enemy Obasonjo is no more in PDP. That Good

  • Stone

    This is so unfortunate for the Nigerian political system. He has used LP to get power and now needs PDP to keep whatever he must have stolen. Most of our politicians lack integrity, no love for the populace but themselves and would rather sell their souls to the devil than care for the people that ‘elected’ them to the office.

    • Sawyer P

      My friend, it is not the political system that is “unfortunate”. You need to be more specific. It is us. You and I.

      Ordinarily, people should refuse to identify with such desparate job seeking hustler like Mimiko and refuse to vote for him or dump Labour party. But what do you get? The same people who are deeply wretchedly poor in their power of reasoning and judgement, will all move with him en mass. This is the “unfortunate”. I hope
      a time comes, after breakup of Nigeria, where such people will be spat at for placing self before people.

      Look at Fani, had APC made him presidential candidate or the usual second fiddle position of VP, would he have left APC? But he ate his vomit and went back to PDP despite his array of salvos thrown at PDP.

      If you look carefully at all the hustlers and job seeking Nigerian politicians like Kwankwanso, Rotimi etc, they all defect bcos they want to move to a place where they will be sure of employment should the party win and NOT bcos they care about the people. Govs who care about the people will not be accepting billions of security votes every month.

    • Tunsj

      Mimiko is a joke. so he is joining PDP to negotiate more revenue for Ondo because of the dwindling revenue. What a country!!

  • Dr Patrick Kolawole Awosan

    Dr Olusegun Mimiko, is truly a deceit,untrustworthy and dubious.If the former governor of Ondo State and Ondo State PDP leader,Dr Olusegun Agagu is still alive, could governor Olusegun Mimiko ever find it smooth and easy to come back to PDP? Dr Mimiko is now a lame-dock governor as most roads,that Akure-South or Akure-North Local Government Councils could have rehabilitated like Eyinke St[ A] Akure,Odoikoyi St and Adinlewa St [2] near Irekari Primary school,Near CAC -Central Area-secretariat,Akure,are in deplorable condition.

    Governor Mimiko, refuses to conduct Local Government Councils election since he gotten into office six years ago and is fond of collecting Local Government Councils allocation and financial dues from the Federation account from Abuja and embezzling and looting the funds as he wishes.State funds earmarked and released for Adinlewa St [2]/Koseunti CAC/Irekari/New-Fanibi Layout vicinity were looted by the Ondo State ministry of Works and Transport officials,with no enquiry or investigations conducted by Governor Mimiko’s government.Corruption practices stinks on Dr Olusegun Mimiko’s watch.

    Governor Mimiko, has lost the huge support he formerly commanded in Ondo State and Ondo State people can now see very clear as the rain-fall of deceit and falsity have been exposed to the people of Ondo State.Ondo State people have realized the importance of being part and parcel of Yoruba-enlighten race in the South Western Nigeria.Ondo State wish to return back and reclaim their rightful place by joining with other Yoruba-South-Westerners to fight for their enviable position in Yoruba-land in 2015.Ondo State people can not be indifference to who we are as part of Yoruba-land and would not allowed enemy of anti-corruption and human and vital infrastructures development deceive us further.