2019: Ondo former governor, Olusegun Mimiko eyes presidency

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The immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko is reportedly making strong moves to join the contest for the presidency in the upcoming 2019 elections, Today’s Echo has found out.

According to our source, who is a member of the inner circle of the former governor, he is set to declare intentions in the next few weeks or sooner. The venue and time of the declaration are yet unknown.

It is said that his earlier move from the People’s Democratic Party back to the Labour Party is meant to pave way for his emergence as the party’s presidential candidate.

Olusegun Mimiko was Ondo State’s Governor for eight years. He entered on the platform of the Labour Party and decamped to the PDP in his second term. With the emergence of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state in 2016, Mimiko went back the Labour Party and is now expected to be the party’s candidate in the 2019 presidential election according to reliable sources.

Shortly after his latest defection, Mimiko explained that he left the PDP out of the conviction to join forces with a political ideology relevant to the need of the present day Nigeria.

According to him, all other parties, including his former party, the PDP, run on ideologies that would not serve the purpose of transforming the country.

Iroko, as he is popularly called is putting things in order, but the defeat of his anointed candidate, Eyitayo Jegede in the last gubernatorial elections in Ondo State, signals that he doesn’t have as much hold even in his base any longer.

It remains to be seen as election draws near, how Mimiko intends to win over the support and allegiance of political warlords, strong enough to displace the current administration.

The medical doctor turned politician started his political career as Commissioner for Health following the emergence of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the 1999 governorship election in Ondo state.

Mimiko was handsomely rewarded as Secretary to the State Government (SSG), when late Olusegun Agagu came into power through PDP in 2003. In 2005, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him as Minister of Housing and Urban Development.

Like Fayemi in Ekiti, Mimiko resigned his appointment to contest governorship in Ondo State. Strangely, till date, he remains the only minister to contest and win an election on the platform of another party different from the ruling party. He dared former President Obasanjo and eventually won the election, although his mandate was first replaced by Agagu.

He joined LP on December 14, 2006 to win the election and was inaugurated as the fifth governor of the state. He also won re-election in 2012 beating opposition APC and PDP candidates.

 

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