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Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state has defected from Labour Party (LP) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A source at the Ondo State Government House in Akure has confirmed that the governor has concluded plans to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of the 2015 general election.
The source, who is a member of LP in the state said the governor made his intention known at an “expansive meeting” held in Akure, on Friday 22 August afternoon.
SaharaReporters gathered that the meeting was held at the “innermost conference room” of the governor’s office in Akure and was invitation only, with invites sent to some leaders of the LP across the 18 local government areas of the state.
Given Mimiko’s romance with PDP over the years, political analysts said the move by Mimiko to join the PDP does not come as a surprise. Mimiko played a key role in the Ekiti gubernatorial election which Ayodele Fayose of the PDP emerged winner. He has also been seen with President Goodluck Jonathan on many occassions.
According to the source security aides to key officials of the party were not allowed to enter the main entrance of the meeting room.
Some commissioners in the state, who are supporting the governor for the re-election bid of the President also attended the meeting.
According to the source, the governor has instructed leaders of the LP to pass the information to their “supporters and make every effort to manage the information at their respective local government levels”.