Embattled Mimiko popularly called Iroko has considered striking an alliance with Akeredolu of the APC should INEC finally substitute Eyitayo’s name with that of Nigerian billionaire, Jimoh Ibrahim.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of the People’s Democratic Party in Ondo is rumoured to have attempted a political alliance with the All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu following threats that the Independent National Elect0ral Commission (INEC) could drop his anointed candidate’s name, Eyitayo Jegede for Jimoh Ibrahim who is the factional gubernatorial candidate of the Ali Modu Sheriff PDP camp.
This is coming ahead of today’s decision (27th of October) by the Independent National Elect0ral Commission ( INEC) about who will fly the flag of the factionalized Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo state.
This has been described as a necessary contingency plan by the Governor following the uncertainty of the candidacy of Mr. Jegede according to the Leadership. Jegede belongs to Senator Ahmed Makarfi led faction of the PDP which has been at war with that of Ali Modu Sheriff overtime.
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja on October 14 had earlier directed INEC to drop the name of Jegede as the governorship flagbearer of the party in favour of Jimoh Ibrahim.
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But unsure of the fate of his former Attorney General, Mimiko was said to have put a call across to Akeredolu last week, seeking a possible alliance for the poll, a close aide of the governor disclosed to a reporter yesterday.
”We know the matter will go up to the level of the Supreme Court but before the issue will be resolved at that level, the election would have come and gone.
”There is no way Oga, that is Mimiko, can work for the Alliance For Democracy candidate, Olusola Oke. Rather than that, we are looking in the direction of Aketi because we were all together before we parted ways.
”The reason is important is that if Jimoh is picked, God forbid, there are some who think we should support the party and win for the party and later retrieve our mandate. But this is very dangerous because the personality of the man Jimoh is hard to sell to the people of the state. The question therefore is what if he does not win? That means we have all lost out.
”To avoid that, our plan B is to align with Aketi because he is one of us and remember he was on the governor’s legal team that retrieved our mandate in 2009. And to be precise, since Aketi is not a product of the Lagos mafia, we can expire this possibility and I think the governor has been interfacing with Aketi on this.