PDP raises panel on Mimiko’s defection
A seven-man negotiation committee has been inaugurated to discuss the terms of defection of the Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The news of Mimiko’s defection has been generating reactions in the last few days. Some of his aides confirmed the move while Mimiko is yet to make the plan public.
A source said that the state’s PDP leadership met yesterday at one of the popular hotels in Akure, the state capital, where the committee was inaugurated.
The source did not reveal the composition of the committee.
Part of the agenda of the committee, it was added, is to have a round-table discussion with Mimiko on how and when he would decamp to the party.
But the state PDP Chairman, Ebenezer Alabi, said the governor has not met with the leadership of the party on his purported defection.
But Alabi said the party would welcome Mimiko, if he finally decides to defect.
The PDP chieftain, who spoke with reporters in Akure, said he heard about the defection as a rumour.
Mimiko defected to the ruling Labour Party (LP) in 2006 from the PDP after which he contested and won the 2007 governorship election.
The governor’s romance with PDP and its leadership, another source said, led credence to the reported move to rejoin the fold.