DATE OF BIRTH: Born 3 October 1954
OCCUPATION: Physician, Politics
MARITAL STATUS: Married.
Olusegun Mimiko is the current governor of Ondo State, Nigeria.
Dr. Olusegun Mimiko competed in gubernatorial elections on April 14, 2007, against the incumbent Olusegun Agagu and lost the contest in April 2007 according to the result released by the Independent Electoral Commission INEC. Mimiko contested this decision at the election tribunal and Agagu lost office on February 23, 2009 following an AppealCourt ruling which cited irregularities in the 2007 election, and was replaced by Mimiko as governor. Mimiko is currently the first and only member of the Labour Party to win gubernatorial office in Nigeria.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
CAREER AND LIFE
to his undergraduate days as a medical student at the then University
of Ife, in the late 1970s and early 1980. People knew him more with
symposia and student union activism while he was in university. His
last two years in the university, in particular, were filled with
activism. So powerful was he that he made a Student Union President in
his room at Ife then. He was the one who packaged Wole Olaoye to become
president of the student union as he(Mimiko) was his campaign manager.
So, he came from that tradition of activism and he was able to blend
it with Medicine.
Mimiko was at various times a member of the Students’ Representatives
Council (Parliament), 1975/76, and chairman of its Special Honours
Committee. For a period in 1976, he was elected chairman of the
council. Outside the union legislative house, he served on the
University of Ife students’ union electoral commission, 1976/77. He was
the public relations official of the International Students’
Association oAssociation of the university between 1977 and 1978.
graduation Dr. Olusegun Mimiko moved up from a student union activist
to find political expression and identity in the Unity Party of Nigeria
(UPN) of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. After his return from the National
Youth Service scheme, he took up membership of the party. As a budding
politician, he served as the publicity secretary of the Ondo local
government chapter of the UPN in 1983. The internal crises which
be-devilled the UPN and the politics of the era dragged on to the 1983
general elections. This could not stop Dr. Mimiko and douse his in-born
passion for social change. This cohered with the concern of 3 budding
intellectuals ensconced in two Nigeria universities; themselves
accomplished individuals today, Professor Femi Mimiko, Dr. Rotimi
Adelola (Ondo State’s current Secretary to the State Government) and
Engr. Wole Akinjo, on the need for some form of intervention and
departure from this growing tendency at demonizing politics. They
vigorously engaged with the idea of getting concerned elements to
continually brainstorm on ways to improve on the politics and
governance in the Nigerian society.
in 1987, this idea led to the emergence of the Ondo Study Group (OSG)
over which he presided. After an extensive review of its political
mobilization effort in 1988, the OSG General Assembly enjoined full
participation of its member in politics. Dr. Olusegun Mimiko took a
lead on this initiative. He was supported by the Group to run for
office as chairman of the former Ondo Local Government (now Ondo East
and West LGAs) in 1990 under the aegis of the newly formed Social
Democratic Party (SDP). While that early effort did not achieve its
specific objective, it marked the transformation of Dr. Mimiko into a
full-fledged politician. He was later to serve as an ex-officio member
of the SDP Executive Council in Ondo Local Government Area and as a
member of the party’s Disciplinary Committee.
soon found rewarding relevance in the campaign organisation of
Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua who was bidding for the government seat on
Ondo State under the SDP. Before long, Evangelist Olumilua saw the
talent in the energetic Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and appointed him the
honorable health commissioner in 1992. By the time he was leaving
office in late 1993 as a result o the military coup d’etat that
terminated that republic, Dr. Mimiko had left his mark as a performer.
This first tour of duty as a public official was a great opportunity
for Dr. Mimiko to demonstrate the stuff of which he was made. It set
the tone for a distinguished career in politics the continuation of
which is his swearing-in as the fifth elected Governor of the Sunshine
Governor Olusegun Mimiko was said to have won the election on October
20, 2012 enabling him to continue in office for a second term making
him the first Governor in Ondo State to win a second term
election.Mimiko’s victory is now being contested by the candidate of the
ACN – Rotimi Akeredolu, the candidate of the PDP – Olusola Oke and the
candidate of the CPC – Olusoji Ehinlanwo.
In October 2012, Mimiko stood as the Labour Party candidate for Nigeria’s Ondo State
and polled the highest votes in the elections. The Ondo State
governor, Olusegun Mimiko on Thursday October 2, 2014 officially
decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the Labour Party.
He and his supporters were received back to the fold by the Vice
President, Namadi Sambo, Senate President, David Mark, Deputy National
Chairman, Uche Secondus and top party men at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja.
On October 2nd he officially left the labour party for peoples democratic party
In 2015 he became the National chairman of the PDP Governor’s forum After decmaping from his party Labour Party to PDP.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
Mimiko Won Zik Prize for Good Governance in 2012.
Got peace ambassador awards in 2015
Won the National Polio Achievement Award in the Nigeria in 2015
RUMORS AND SCANDALS
He was said to have been involved in an adultery scandal in 2013 with a U.K mistress, which was said to have lead to a heavy fight between him and wife.
He once was rumored to have been linked to a drug scandal in 2011 a rumor later debunked by him.
He was also rumored to have been involved in a forgery of election results which lead to him winning his first election.
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