It was cold sweat for the erstwhile Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko yesterday as he sweated profusely to answer questions posed to him by a prominent cleric, Apostle Sunday Ojuolape at a campaign venue in Akure, on why he cannot be trusted with political office.
The drama took place at Baptist Conference Hall, Oba-Ile road where the former governor met with prominent leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to solicit for their support.
Mimiko who drove himself to the venue at 10am in a black Toyota Land Cruiser got rattled when Ojuolape who wore a white cassok pointedly asked the former governor if he would not dump his present Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) for another party if he got elected into the Senate.
Ojuolape whose question caused a stir and cast a sudden silence on the venue presided over by CAN Chairman, Dr Ayo Oladapo said he was inspired to ask the question because of Mimiko’s alleged political infidelity.
He recalled the former Governor’s political history from the Labour Party to PDP and now ZLP and inquired if he would not dump ZLP if he gets elected to the Senate.
Mimiko who wore a blue safari jacket obviously unprepared for such barb said his political philosophy is always guided by public interest.
He defended his administration’s refusal to return mission schools to their owners as a well thought out policy meant to protect teachers from exploitation.
For over one hour, the former governor was on his feet vigorously marketing his health and political ideas to the well attended event of notable clergy men including the Anglican Bishop of Akure Diocese, Dr Simeon Borokini.
In summary, Mimiko promised to defend the interest of the Yoruba race and sued for the support of the eminent clergymen to realise his ambition.
Present at the meeting were Dr Felix Adejumo of Agape, High Chief Kolawole James who represented the Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Dr Jude Arogundade and the state coordinator of Territorial Altar, Rev Peter Abimbola among others.