Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko is in talks to defect to All Progressive Congress, APC following Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s announcement of Jimoh Ibrahim as People Democratic Party, PDP candidate in the forthcoming Ondo State governorship election.
INEC had obeyed a court judgement by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja ordering it to recognise Ibrahim, the candidate of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff led-PDP faction as the party flag-bearer in the November 26, governorship election.
Ibrahim’s gain was the loss of the candidate of Senator Ahmed Makarfi led-PDP faction, which Gov. Mimiko belongs to, Hon. Eyitayo Jegede.
Consequently, protests have erupted across Ondo State since INEC declared Ibrahim as PDP candidate. The protesters are chiefly supporters of Gov. Mimiko and Senator Ahmed Makarfi led-PDP faction.
Report says Gov. Mimiko recently engaged in fierce political horse trading. It was reported that he had an agreement with the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, and had audience with President Muhammadu Buhari where he expressed his readiness to work for the APC candidate.
“We were actually discussing with the candidate, but you know this is an intricate issue, that we need to encourage him to seek audience directly with the president instead of Akeredolu for some peculiar reasons that have to do with trust and mutual respect.
“This is politics; we have decided to make the president understand that his party needs us to defeat the AD (Alliance for Democracy) candidate who is heavily funded from Lagos. But how, when? That is the issue,” an aide of Gov. Mimiko was quoted as saying by .