Why Mimiko Sold Out PDP To APC In Last Saturday’s Ondo Guber Poll-Govt Sources

By Ikenga Chronicles November 29, 2016

The outgoing Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko’s has revealed  why  the just concluded  governorship election  in the state was sold out to the All Progressives Congress(APC) seven days to the election.

Recall that Mimiko’s anointed candidate Eyitayo Jegede suffered a terrifying defeat in the election that saw Rotimi Akeredolu of the APC emerging as Governor-elect of the state after Jimoh Ibrahim had played the spoiler role orchestrated by Ali Modu Sheriff’s PDP faction.

While Peoples Democratic Party faithfuls in the state are still in shock of the governorship poll lost, there are reports emerging from the government house that Mimiko did not actually lose the election but sold out to the ruling APC in order to protect his political future. A close political associate of the governor alleged that the election was a “deal” between Mimiko and the hierarchy of APC led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, this was the first election in Mimiko’s political career that he would not woo or buy people from the opposition camp into the PDP in order to support the aspiration of Eyitayo Jegede. Throughout the campaigns and the actual election, the PDP did not set up any campaign structure for its candidate, raising suspicion that it was meant to deliberately weaken Jegede.

“In the 2012 governorship campaign, Mimiko set up a Campaign Directorate headed by Akin Adaramola. There were also several directorates during the election including mobilisation, youths, information and communication as well as protocol but this time around there  was nothing like that’’ the source said.

The source said Mimiko deliberately starved PDP members of funds for the election so that the rival APC would have an edge.

According to the source, ‘’it was Mimiko that introduced ‘’see and buy” in the last House of Assembly election and each of the electorate was induced with not less than N2,000 to vote for PDP’s candidates.”

‘’In Saturday’s Governorship poll, only N500.00 was given to each voter at the polling units compared to APC that induced voters with not less than N5.000.’’

The source further said it was this fear of possible arrest and detention that made Mimiko to strike a deal with the APC, so as to protect him after he must have served out his constitutional two term tenure by February next year.

Recall that  Mimiko had  met with  Buhari three times within three weeks, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF)  Babachir Lawal, thereby  fuelling the speculation of a deal with the Presidency over the election.

Also,during one of his visits to the state to campaign for Akeredolu, Imo State governor and chairman of Progressives Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha, met with Mimiko at the Akure Airport.

Despite the denial by Mimiko’s media aides, it is believed that it was at the airport meeting that the deal to support Akeredolu was struck.

Despite their political differences, Mimiko and Akeredolu, are friends as the Governor-Elect was one of the lawyers, who prosecuted the election dispute between Mimiko and late Olusegun Agagu in 2007.  Mimiko also attended Akeredolu’s birthday party in his home town, Owo, when he turned 60 recently.

The source added “ Mimiko would be comfortable with Akeredolu as governor than Olusola Oke, who has shown himself a political adversary from the beginning.”

‘’The thinking is that with Akeredolu as governor, Mimiko would not be persecuted after leaving office on February 24 next year, while the Presidency would look the other way despite the fact that he was the South-West Campaign chairman of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.’’

Moreover, what further fuelled the perception that Mimiko deliberately “sold out” to APC in order to secure his political future was Monday’s congratulatory message that the Governor released despite the fact that the PDP had rejected the result and has concluded plans to head to court.

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