- Lead opposition party, PDP, is reportedly wooing former Ondo governor Mimiko ahead of the state's guber election
- However, the former governor is also allegedly eyeing the vice-presidential seat in 2023 and wants to use the election to his advantage
- Oyo state governor Seyi Makinde had also reportedly visited Mimiko offering him the vice-presidential slot in exchange for his support for the PDP governorship candidate
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As political intrigues over the forthcoming Ondo state governorship election continue, a report by The Nation has stated the state's former governor, Olusegun Mimiko, is eyeing the vice-presidential slot in 2023.
This is as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is reportedly wooing him for support in the forthcoming election.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state had visited the former governor twice to prevail on him to dump the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and support the PDP, according to The Nation.
The newspaper cited sources as claiming Mimiko was offered to contest as a running mate with either Atiku Abubakar or Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, in the 2023 presidential election.
Also, a chieftain of the ZLP who spoke anonymously said Mimiko’s acceptance of Ondo state deputy governor Agboola Ajayi as the candidate of the party is to prove to Nigerians that he is still a big factor in the southwest politics.
The chieftain also re-echoed the claim that Mimiko's focus is to secure the vice presidential slot in 2023.
He alleged that the former governor's plan is to support Ajayi to win the election while both of them will later defect to the PDP where he is plotting to realise his 2023 ambition.
“Mimiko is keen on winning the governorship election for ZLP. It’s not just about the party candidate, but our principal’s ambition to be vice president in 2023,” the source said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported the PDP stated that the defection of the deputy governor, Ajayi, from the party on Monday, August 10, is a sign of desperation in his political journey.
In a statement released by Kennedy lkantu Peretei, who is the party's publicity secretary, the PDP said Agboola's defection will not have any effect on the coming election.
The PDP stated that though it has not received the official letter of Ajayi's resignation, it will continue to wish the unsettled deputy governor well in his political journey.
The party accused Ajayi of showing desperation to govern the state and further added that his exit will not diminish the acceptability of the party in Ondo state.
The opposition party also berated the embattled deputy governor for abusing the honour and privilege given to him.
"Agboola Ajayi joined our party on 22nd June 2020 and participated at the Governorship Primaries having received waiver from the National Secretariat of the Party.
“He has abused the welcome and privilege accorded him by our party supporters during his brief stay in the party.
“He also proved that he is desperate to become the Governor of Ondo State. In the days to come, it will dawn on him that, he has squandered whatever was remaining in his goodwill with this decision," part of the statement read.
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