THE immediate past Ondo State governor, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, has begun oiling his machinery to return to the
Government House, Akure,Â inÂ 2013.
Elected in 2003 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the erstwhile Minister of Powerâ€™s second
tenure was, however, cut short in February when the Court of Appeal affirmed the ruling of the state election
The appellate court had declared that the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, was duly elected in
the April 14, 2007 governorship election in the state.
Although the next governorship election is over three years away, the former governor is said to have commenced
intense scheming within the party, using two of his foot soldiers such as his former Youths and Sports
Commissioner, Prince John Ola Mafo and the Political Adviser, Chief Segun Adegoke.
As part of the plot, it was learnt that a stakeholders’ meeting of the party was held in Abuja recently and had
in attendance the state PDP chairman, Dr. Tayo Dairo, and members of the National Assembly from the state.
The meeting, which was reportedly convened at the instance of Agagu, was said to have discussed the way forward
for the party and how to reclaim the Government House seat.
Some key members of the party in the state, however, boycotted the meeting, including some of his allies such as
Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Taofeek Olawale; his deputy, Mr. Mayowa Akinfolarin and the former
Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Isaacs Kekemeke.
The move, we further gathered, has polarised the party leadership, with a faction and a group, PDP Youth
Stakeholders’ Forum, kicking against the ex-governorâ€™s ambition.
Already, seven others are said to be warming up to slug it out for the governorship ticket. They include Senators
Bode Olajumoke, Gbenga Ogunniya, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, Chiefs Tayo Alasoadura, Omolade Oluwateru, Solomon
Oladunni, and Prof Olu Adegbulugbe.