- Zenith Labour Party collapses into PDP.
- Former Governor joins PDP for 3rd time.
Stakeholders in Ondo State’s Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) have decided to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
At a meeting held at the Ondo town residence of the ZLP’s national leader, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the decision to join the PDP was made.
Mimiko is defectioning to the PDP for the third time.
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Former Ondo Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi, Hon Gboye Adegbenro, former Ondo Speaker Jumoke Akindele, Chairman of the Ondo ZLP, Hon Joseph Akinlaja, ex-governorship aspirant Banji Okunomo, and former senior aides to Mimiko were also present at the meeting.
The former Governor, who met with four PDP governors, including Oyo’s Seyi Makinde, in a closed-door meeting, said the ZLP was being invited to join the PDP to save the country from insecurity.
He explained that the purpose of the meeting was to update members on the results of a series of interactions with PDP leaders in response to his invitation.
According to the former governor of Ondo, PDP leaders have demonstrated a clear commitment to fully integrate all willing ZLP defectors and grant them full membership rights, in what promises to be a win for both PDP members and Nigerians.
Following the discussion, Hon Akinlaja proposed a motion requesting that members of the ZLP in Ondo State join the PDP.
All those present voted in favour of the motion.
Mimiko joined the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 1999 and served as the late Adefarati administration’s Commissioner for Health.
He joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and served as a Minister under former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He was elected Governor on the Labour Party (LP) platform, but switched back to the PDP before the end of his term.
Mimiko, also known as the Iroko, defected to the ZLP ahead of the 2019 general election, and ran for the Ondo Central Senatorial seat, which he lost.