Mimiko Denies Defection Rumours

Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has said that tales about him defecting from the Labour Party to the People’s Democratic Party is only a rumour.

Mimiko spoke with journalists after he attended the National Executive Committee of the LP, which was held at its national headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

“I don’t want to react to that because it is a mere rumour,” he said.

He, however, stated that he would support the second term ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan anytime the president expresses such determination to run.

National Chairman of the Party, Chief Dan Nwayanwu also spoke in defence of Mimiko affirming that the party is not aware of any defection plans by the Governor.

Nwanyanwu, who had earlier informed members that he will be stepping down as National Chairman of the party said the national convention of the party would hold in Akure on October 4, said he would step down as the national chairman of the party at the convention.

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

“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.”

Nwanyawu said he decided to step down on a personal reason considering the fact that he has led the party for 10 years and he thought it is necessary to allow another person to lead the party.


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