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Mimiko’s candidacy divides Ondo PDP

Mimiko’s candidacy divides Ondo PDP

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State are yet to decide on its candidate for the December governorship election. While some members are in support of fielding Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who is contesting on the platform of the Labour Party, others say the party should field a PDP member.

Those backing Mimiko are of the opinion that since he is a former member of the PDP, he should be given a conditional backing.

However, another group said Mimiko disgraced Dr. Olusegun Agagu, a former Governor of the state who was elected on the platform of the party out of office, therefore, the party should have nothing to do with him.

The leaders of the party expressed these divergent views when they visited the members of the National Working Committee of the party in Abuja on Thursday.

A former member of the Senate, Bode Olajumoke, who led the delegation, insisted that the PDP should back Mimiko for the election.

He said Mimiko, a former prominent member of the PDP, only left the party because of disagreement.

However, a former National Legal Adviser of the PDP, Chief Olusola Oke, disagreed, saying, “I am not against moves to bring Governor Mimiko to contest on the platform of the PDP but I believe there should not be automatic ticket for any aspirant.

The National Chairman of the party, Dr. Bamangar Tukur, said there was no way the party would back a non PDP candidate for the election, adding that the PDP would field a candidate for the election.

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