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Mimiko’s defection: Ondo PDP sets up truce panel

By Dayo Johnson,  Akure

THE embattled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has set up a peace and reconciliation committee to meet with aggrieved members following the furore the  defection of Governor Olusegun Mimiko to the party generated.

Mimiko’s defection into the party had polarised it into the old and new PDP factions before the resolution of the crisis by leaders of the PDP and the inauguration of a new State EXCO.

Also, the party has said that all aspirants who lost out in the consensus arrangement ahead of the 2015 polls would have the money they paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms refunded.

A former Chairman of the party in the state, Hon Ebenezer Alabi, and his EXCO had resigned following the integration of the PDP and Labour Party, LP.

Addressing newsmen in Akure, the Ondo Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Banji Okunomo, said the party would liaise with the aspirants who lost out in the consensus arrangement of the party.

Rising from the meeting of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party, yesterday, Okunomo said the crisis that rocked the state chapter of the party in the past few months over the defection of Mimiko from LP to the party had been laid to rest.

He however said that” the peace and reconciliatory committee is to iron out grey areas in the sharing of elective positions between members of the old LP and the old PDP”.

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