by Azubuike Azikiwe
Reports have it that Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko is in the final stages of decamping from the Labour Party (LP) to make a long-awaited return to his first home, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According the Ondo State commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade, the governor has met with his party’s stakeholders on Friday, 22 August and a decision is expected to be imminently announced to the public.
Akinmade said, “He met the stakeholders across the state today and put the issues on the table. A decision will be made and announced very soon.”
Five Labour party leaders from all th 18 local government areas of the state and some supporters and associates of the governor were believed to have attended Mimiko’s meeting where the modalities for the defection were reportedly discussed.
Olusegun Mimiko left the PDP in 2007 to contest for the governorship of Ondo state under the Labour Party, going on to post a convincing win at the polls.
His victory was reportedly a major determinant in the continous attempts to have him back in the fold, by the leaders of the People’s Democratic Party.
Mimiko and President Jonathan have always shared a cordial relationship over the years, and even when the former defected to LP, he still enjoyed the support of the latter, especially during his second term bid.
In recent time, there has been reports that Mimiko was being pressured to defect as soon as possible, or forego the support he had enjoyed from the Presidency over the years.
The ruling party’s road to the 2015 elections is taking shape, as a prominent member of the major opposition party, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, only recently defected to the PDP.