by Kolapo Olapoju
A few days ago, Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko assured President Goodluck Jonathan of cleaning out the entire South-west in the 2015 presidential elections, but apparently, Mimiko doesn’t even have full control of his house.
Very recently, some politicians of the Peoplea Democratic Party in the state warned Goodluck Jonathan that he may lose the state, if Mimiko fails to respect court orders restraining him from carrying out activities that are counter-productive to the PDP.
According to the Chairman, Ondo PDP Candidates Forum, Femi Adekanmbi, who spoke in Abuja, on Tuesday, December 23, several members of the group were displeased with the way at which Mimiko was handling the state’s political affairs ahead of the general election in 2015.
He stated that the PDP would not get the forecasted 1 million votes for Jonathan if the state governor fails to work with the aggrieved candidates.
Adekanmbi said: “Dr. Mimiko can never solely win Ondo State for Mr. President. The President needs Chief Jimoh Ibrahim and other contestants for him to win. If he relies on Mimiko the PDP will lose in Ondo because right now salaries have not been paid for the past three months in our state.”
“People are not happy with him (Mimiko) and he cannot even walk freely on the streets of Ondo State. So is he the one to canvass for votes for the President? We don’t think so. He is still our leader but has to work with candidates to succeed. We say this because he has failed to do the right thing, which is to bring everybody together.”
Speaking further, Adekanmbi wondered why the governor would present another set of candidates who were allegedly not elected by party delegates, after the party’s primaries had been concluded and candidates for elective positions elected.
He said: “We are not fighting the person of Governor Mimiko who is the leader of the party in the state. What we are fighting is the system of how we do things in the PDP, particularly in Ondo, because our party is different from Labour Party.”
“As of today we have a court judgment delivered by Justice Ademola and we have a court order which came in last Thursday. But unfortunately, for the past one week Mr. Mimiko has practically made the INEC office his government house, all in a bid to induce the commission and to make it publish the names of his candidates thereby flouting completely and disobeying court orders, Adekanmbi added.