The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming election in Ondo state, Eyitayo Jegede, has finally met with his former principal, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, in his Ondo city home on Monday.
It was learned the visit was not unconnected with Jegede’s aspiration to win the October 10 governorship election in the state. Jegede was in Mimiko’s residence with two of his top supporters to seek the former boss’ support in the forthcoming election.
The meeting is coming months after his supporters mounted pressure on him to visit the former governor. Mr. Jegede has refused to seek Mimiko’s blessing despite numerous appeals from his supporters and eminent Nigerians before and after the primaries.
It was learned that the latest move by the PDP candidate is coming rather too late after Mimiko’s Zenith Labour Party had picked the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi as his candidate and created a third force wave.
Confirming the visit, the media aide of Mimiko, John-Paul Akinduro, said the PDP candidate visited Mimiko to inform of his aspiration to run for governor.
He said, “I was not at the meeting but it is true that Mr Jegede visited my boss on Monday evening. “
It was not clear if Mimiko and Jegede were able to resolve their differences or will still work together for the October election.
Recall that Mimiko, who is from the Central Senatorial District, like Mr. Jegede, ‘single-handedly’ made him the party’s candidate despite all odds.
The choice of Jegede by the Former Governor sparked protests leading to the defection of some party faithful.