The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has disowned one of its party members, Mr Bode Obanla for his purported court action instituted against Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
Kennedy Peretei, the publicity secretary of the party in a statement on Monday said it received the news with a rude shock.
Obanla had instituted a court case against Mimiko who recently joined the PDP.
Obanla’s grouses was that Mimiko on December 8, 2006, abandoned his post as Minister for Housing, Lands and Urban Development in the Government of President Olusegun Obasanjo, resigned from the PDP and decamped to Labour Party (LP), upon which he contested for the Governorship seat of the State and won.
According to him, Mimiko won the second tenure on the platform of the LP but towards the end of his second tenure decamped to LP. He said Mimiko also decamped from PDP in 2017 to ZLP through which he contested the senatorial election in 2019 general elections.
Obanla said Mimiko who has not contested election under the PDP cannot rejoin the party and assume the position of a leader in the party.
The court has not fixed a date for the hearing of the suit.
But the PDP in the State dismissed Obanla’s grouses on the strength that Dr. Mimiko, a two term Governor of Ondo State is not only a senior citizen in Ondo State but Nigeria at large.
“His return to the PDP was orchestrated by four Governors elected on the platform of our great party PDP under the leadership of Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State and Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum.
“The State Working Committee wishes to state unequivocally that, the action of Bode Obanla is a great embarrassment to the party and necessary actions will be taken in due course.
“At a time when all hands are on deck to rescue and rebuild Ondo State and Nigeria, Obanla’s action is a mere distraction that should be treated as such,” Peretei said.