Former governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko on Thursday, October 28, joined the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
This came hours after meeting with four of the governors, led by its chairman of governors forum as well as Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal.
The other governors are four governors Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde; Rivers, Nyesom Wike, as well as Abia, Okezie Ikpeazu.
Mimiko’s defection to the PDP is coming the third time after leaving the party in 2019; to form the Labour Party LP which later changed to Zenith Labour Party ZLP.
In a statement issued after over three hours meeting with the ZLP leaders and supporters at Mimiko’ s Ondo country home; the party-state chairman, Hon Joseph Akinlaja said that “stakeholders of the party; from across the 18 Local Government areas of Ondo State have resolved to join the Peoples Democratic Party PDP; after a meeting held at the residence of the party’s national leader, Dr Olusegun Mimiko in Ondo on Wednesday.
“The meeting followed an earlier visit by four PDP governors led by the chairman of their forum, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State. Okezie Ikpeazu, Nyesom Wike, as well as Seyi Makinde had told the press after their meeting with Mimiko that they are in Ondo to invite Mimiko and his teeming supporters in the ZLP to the PDP.
“The stakeholders meeting was called to discuss the meeting with the PDP governors; and also intimate members with the outcomes of a series of interactions with PDP leaders on the invitation extended to him.
Earlier, after about an hour closed-door meeting with Mimiko, governor Tambuwal said “we are here in the beautiful of Ondo Town, in Ondo state the home of our leader; and brother, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, former governor of Ondo state to re-invite him back to his family; his political family; PDP and also work towards rescuing Nigeria.
“I am here with the governor of Abia, Rivers, and Oyo. We had a very robust engagement with Mimiko; and very optimistic to hear something very positive from him soonest.
“The message is simple, let’s come back to reposition the PDP and rescue the country. The urgency of the matter is now.”
“We are rebuilding the political platform, the PDP; we are repositioning it towards ensuring that PDP is back to power in 2023”.
Also addressing newsmen, Dr Mimiko said that the visit by the PDP governors ” is one of the many engagements to woo him back to the party.
“This is one of the series of interactions we have had over the last few months. They have come to tell us why we should join forces with them in the PDP; and the efforts they are making in repositioning the party.”