Some members of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), a political machinery that was the brain child of the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, have revealed how the embattled governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, bribed leaders of the party to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan.
The group, which has members across the Southwest states of the country through its leader, Bode Ajewole claimed that their decision to endorse Jonathan was hinged on the position of Jonathan to implement the recommendations of last year’s National Conference immediately he is reelected.
But speaking with a SR shortly after the purported endorsement, the members of the group confirmed they were bribed through the leadership of the group to endorse President Jonathan.
“Quote me anywhere, Governor Mimiko gave us money through our leaders to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan for second term. I know you are very inquisitive and eager to know more but I won’t tell you the amount I was given but I can tell you it’s a bribe”, one of the members said.
Some of them, who spoke under condition of anonymity, disclosed to Sahara Reporters that they were fully mobilized from other Southwest states to travel to Akure, with all expenses paid, to carry out the endorsement, and that their leaders received a huge sum of money from Governor Mimiko for the job.
A woman and member of the PDM from Ekiti State also disclosed that she received a text message from the publicist of the group to mobilize members to Akure for the endorsement. Thereafter they were paid cash for the visit, she said.
“Although leaders of the group have been telling us that there would be a meeting in Akure with powerful politicians but they never revealed that the meeting would be with governor Mimiko to endorse President Jonathan but this morning I received a text message to mobilize some members to Akure for a Press conference and that was how I got to know that it was President Jonathan they want to endorse”, she revealed.