Dr Olusegun Mimiko the leader of Zenith Labour Party has landed with some of his party faithful in Abeokuta. He is in a closed door meeting with the former Presudent Olusegun Obasanjo.
Newspot gathered that the meeting which had the leaders of the southwest, across party divide, in attendance would discuss among other things the state of the nation as well the governorship election in Ondo State.
It would be recalled that there have been talks on possible alignments and re-alignments amongst political parties as regards the election in Ondo State.
The ZLP, to political pundits see it holding the ace card for the winner between PDP and APC as the date of election draws nearer .
It was gathered the PDP governors reached out to former President Olusegun Obasanjo to talk to leader of the ZLP, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko to support Eyitayo Jegede, the governorship candidate.
The APC is doing everything to frustrate the alliance by saying it has uncovered plans by some political parties to employ crude means to destroy the image of the party, ahead of the Oct. 10, gubernatorial polls.
Mr Alex Kalejaiye, the state Publicity Secretary of APC, said: “The unholy alliance is informed by the fact that the political parties perceive APC as a common enemy because they are jittery over the rising profile of the ruling APC, on account of its performance.
Sources in the PDP said Obasanjo had earlier met with Mimiko in Abuja but details of the meeting were kept in the wraps.
The sources said Mimiko also met with a PDP northern governor at the weekend.
After the meeting in Abuja, Mimiko flew to Akure to campaign for the ZLP at Ile-Oluji, Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo local government.
Another source said last week’s Federal High Court judgement that ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish personal particulars of Agboola Ajayi might be why Mimiko is going into talks with the PDP.
A former spokesman of Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Segun Sowunmi, has also told journalists in Akure, that PDP was not foreclosing talk with Mimiko
He said Mimiko remained a key factor in ensuring the collapse of the ZLP structures into PDP and support Jegede.
Some chieftains of the ZLP were also said to have vowed not to follow Mimiko if he opts to dump the party for the PDP.
The chieftains, who pleaded anonymity, said: “There is no longer trust among the ZLP party leaders.
“Honestly, there is palpable fear in the party at the moment. We are scared that Mimiko may dump Ajayi at the eleventh hours.
The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Ondo State has reiterated the commitment of its leaders and members to the Agboola Ajayi candidacy, urging the public to disregard the report of any plan to collapse its structure for any other party.
The party, in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Felix Olatunde, on Saturday in Akure, said the report was concocted and circulated by opposition elements owing to the ‘established popularity’ of ZLP .
“For the umpteenth time, the Zenith Labour Party wishes to state that our leader, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, is busy working to rally local and national support for our party and our candidate, Agboola Ajayi.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that the governorship election in the state is scheduled for Oct. 10 2020.
Additional report from The Nation.