The governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, yesterday described his reported plan to defect to the People democratic Party, PDP, as a” rumour”.
“I don’t want to react to that because it is a mere rumour,” he told journalists after the National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the Labour Party, LP, in Abuja.
The Ondo state Governor however said he would back the re-election of President Jonathan during the 2015 presidential poll, if the president decides to run.
Governor Mimiko, who is currently the vice chairman of the Jonah Jang faction of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, was reported few weeks ago to have concluded plans to defect to the PDP.
Olusegun Mimiko was a member of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, and had served as Health Commissioner in the administration of Late Governor Adebayo Adefarati between 1999 to 2003.
He however decamp to the PDP and served as the Secretary to the Ondo State Government (SSG) in the administration of late Olusegun Agagu. He was later appointed Minister of Housing.
Mimiko however resigned his ministerial position and defected to the Labour Party (LP) to contest the governorship election in 2007. He was re-elected in 2002.
Declaring the NEC meeting open earlier, the National Chairman of Labour Party, Dan Nwanyanwu, debunked reports that Mr. Mimiko was planning to leave the party. He said the party was not aware of such move and the governor would not have attended the meeting of he had harboured such plan.
“You have seen him (Mimiko) here. As I’m talking to you, he is still a bonafide member of the Labour Party,” he said.
“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.”
Mr. Nwanyanwu, who said he would step down as national chairman of Labour party, stated that the party national convention would hold on October 4, 2014.