My reported defection to PDP a rumour — Gov. Mimiko

The governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko on Wednesday described his reported plan to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as “a rumour.”

“I don’t want to react to that because it is a mere rumour,” he told journalists after the National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the Labour Party, LP, in Abuja.

The governor however said he would back the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan during the 2015 presidential poll if the president decides to run.

Mr. Mimiko, who is currently the vice chairman of the Jonah Jang faction of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, was reported two weeks ago to have concluded plans to decamp to the PDP.

The governor was a member of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, and had served as Health Commissioner in the administration of late Governor Adebayo Adefarati between 1999 and 2003.

He however defected to the PDP and served as the Secretary to the Ondo State Government in the administration of late Olusegun Agagu. He was later appointed the Minister of Housing.

He however resigned his ministerial position and defected to the LP to contest the governorship election in 2007. The governor was re-elected in 2012.

Declaring the NEC meeting open earlier, the National Chairman, Dan Nwanyanwu, debunked reports that Mr. Mimiko was planning to leave the party.

He said the party was not aware of the move and that the governor would not have attended the meeting if he had harboured such a plan.

“You have seen him (Mimiko) here. As I’m talking to you, he is still a bonafide member of the Labour Party,” he said.

“We don’t have to base everything on speculation. You can see that he is here and we have discussed everything concerning the Labour Party together. He is here live and direct.”

Mr. Nwanyanwu, who said he would step down as national chairman, stated that the party’s national convention would hold on October 4.


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  • wode

    “I don’t want to react to that because it is a mere rumour,” Why deceiving yourself? Everybody knows where you belong. Your comment shows that the arrangement to handover the leadership or control of PDP in the sate to you is not yet perfected. When that’s done, it would be time to “react”.

  • peter

    IT is your life, If you want to join the ruling party that will be the best decision for you.

  • Alpha

    Continue to fake

  • John green

    We all know where you belong, even without you leaving LP,we know where you belong. And you and your oga will fail in 2015 because nigerians are tired of the lies and propaganda of GEJ…

  • Genusa

    They were celebrated when they dumped your enemy to join you and make you a formidable force. You clapped and rejoiced that your enemy is broken, and welcomed the rebellious with warm embrace. Your door was widely opened welcoming all from the enemy camp. You rejoiced that the commanders of war and generals of the enemy, are coming to fight with you.They came to you with all the weapons and resources they took from the enemy, and gave you victory unimaginable in the history of our wars. Now they are prodigal sons because they refused to allow one man take all the proceeds of a joint effort. They had no problem that you took the first and second trophies. So, you have problem that they took just the third and fourth trophies. You are unfair. You are simply st*pid to think you can suppress them with your impositions. You are more st*pid to forget they came to you as the commanders and generals of your enemy. Sorry my dear, they have ambitions just as you do. They defeated you? Oh sorry my dear. But they are generals of war and knows how to fight and win a battle. Cast your greediness away, and let all who fought for victory share the spoils of war.

    • renewal

      Saraki aligned with people’s desire for change for his own purpose , we are still focused
      on our destination he is welcome to come along on our own terms APC or no APC

  • Peter’s Ichull

    Attempting to circumcise a baby in the womb is aborting a fetus. That’s what Sarki is attempting to do with his ambition.

  • Bayo Ola

    This is simply brilliant, Bámidélé. Nothing more to add!!

  • teslim

    1. That’s the change Bukola and Dogara bring to upper and lower houses by not allowing tinubu to impose a candidate on other party members instead senate and reps chose to elect the leaders of their choice. 2. Tinubu is one of the most corrupt politician we had in this country, so when u r talking about corrupt politicians pls don’t forget to mention tinubu, infact which polician is not even corrupt?
    Who is a saint among them? This is the real change we’ve being waiting for.

    • renewal

      It is not about Tinubu it is about our change we voted for, Saraki and co did entered our vehicle from the originating garage, they entered on the way and wants us now to go to a different town, they should up off. We are fighting our own battle not Tinubu’s or Saraki’s.

      • renewal

        Saraki and co did NOT I mean to say

  • titanium

    This is the most idiotic and bias writeup i’ve read in a long while…Tinubu have the right to be ambitious while Saraki does not have sure right. Pls sir, How much were you paid to come out with such crap?!