Much Ado about Mimiko’s Defection to PDP, By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State thinks he can always succeed with his manipulative and maradonic styles of politics.
Mimiko manipulated late Adefarati and succeeded. Mimiko manipulated Late Agagu and triumphed. Mimiko manipulated Bola Tinubu and won.
Presently, his attempt to manipulate the people he had earlier mercilessly mauled, psychologically rubbished, emotionally harassed and materially toured is being restricted.
The most shocking scenario of the Mimiko’s manipulative politics was his claim that he helped Ayo Fayose and the PDP to win in Ekiti.
I was reliably informed that Governor Segun Mimiko, through the help of Senate President, David Mark, former Chief of Staff to the President, Mike Ogiadome and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ayim Pius Ayim, took Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele of the House of Representatives to President Goodluck Jonathan as the candidate that should be supported for Ekiti governorship election.
Further more, during the Ekiti governorship electioneering, Mimiko was in Ekiti State four times to campaign for Labour Party’s candidate, Opeyemi Bamidele.
Let me also state that Mimiko handsomely paid Fayose’s former Personal Assistant, Goke Olatunji to support Bamidele against his boss.
However, after the Ekiti governorship election, President Goodluck Jonathan told Mimiko that despite his claim of being rooted in south west, Labour Party could not get up to 20,000 votes in Ekiti.
Mr. President also reminded Mimiko that if he had not supported his re-election bid in October 2012, the results of the election shows that he wouldn’t have won, meaning that Mimiko has been rejected by the common people of Ondo State.
And shortly after the Ekiti governorship election, Fayose went to the LP Secretariat in Ado-Ekiti to thank Opeyemi Bamidele for dividing the APC. Affirmatively, the division among the Ekiti APC greatly aided the victory of Fayose.
It is also worth-noting that Mimiko did not instigate Bamidele to contest against Fayemi. It was Bamidele’s personal decision.
Mimiko, according to my ever-reliable source, was expecting Fayose to also pay him a thank you visit in government house, however, rather than going to Alagbaka to pay homage to Mimiko, Fayose proceeded to the Ondo PDP Secretariat in Akure to thank his party members for their moral support.
Mimiko has been kicking against Fayose ever-since.
Lastly, that Mimiko could choose Abuja for his defection show that the maradona of Ondo Politics is afraid of his people. Why? Because a good politician defect where his people resides. Segun Oni joined APC at his Ifaki-Ekiti country home. Fayose re-joined PDP at his Afao-Ekiti country home. Bamidele joined LP at Ado-Ekiti. Mimiko’s boy, Senator Boluwaji kunlere joined PDP at his Igbotako country home.
Trust PDP if a sitting governor is decamping in Abuja, particularly inside the villa and the president in right inside the same villa but was not at the ceremony, National Party Chairman not present and Chief Aneni, the BOT Chairman, in Abuja but not present!
Governor Segun Mimiko, please get ready for battle of supremacy which you might not win this time around.
Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye, Magodo, Lagos.
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