Barely few days to the March 9 Governorship and State House of Assembly elections, the duo of Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu and his Ekiti state counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, have approached former Governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, to bolster the All Progressives Congress, APC’s chance in next Saturday’s election.
Ondo state is among the states that will not be holding governorship election in 2019.
Confirming the development, the Media Aide to Mimiko, John Paul Akinduro, said the APC governors did visited Mimiko. According to a statement to Vanguard, “The party is formally seeking the support of Mimiko and his ZLP structure across the state so as to come victorious in Saturday’s State House of Assembly election.”
Consequent upon this interaction, Akeredolu has been consulting with APC faithful across the state for a seamless collaboration.
The statement also said a top source in APC who preferred not to be named said “Recall Mimiko was in this same shoe in 2015 whereby the state lost the presidential election to the APC but through some strategic moves, his party was able to win 21 out of 26 assembly seats 2 weeks after. This experience is what the party needs at this point in time and we have approached him to team up with us.”
On whether Mimiko is moving to the APC, Akinduro, said “Mimiko remains in ZLP but entreaties have been made to him to work with the APC for the Saturday state assembly elections. This is to help keep the Government of Ondo State relatively stable and rancour-free.”
Reports indicate that Mimiko and his party will field candidates in some constituencies in Saturday’s election but may support the APC in other constituencies depending on the final decision.