Until he defected from Labour Party recently, Barr. Kayode Ajulo, was the National Secretary of the Labour Party. Speaking in a recent interview on how Gov. Olusegun Mimiko may pick his successor in the coming gubernatorial poll, Ajulo said, “Successor to Dr Mimiko as the governor of Ondo State should not be a thing that should be shrouded in secrecy and uncertainty. I doubt the news as I have not been informed by Dr Mimiko in any of our conversations.
“In any case, is it the governor that solely appoints a successor or the party or the people of the state? Yes, Dr Mimiko is the primus in the state, a leader who has given a good account of himself and a leader of men, and I know he must have a say in who his successor is, but Governor Mimiko that I know won’t just unilaterally call ‘A or B’ and say I am considering you for governor.
“Certainly, he won’t play god in this manner. I think we need to outgrow this idea of godfatherism. People need to understand that leaders emerge through a process of thorough-going, self-criticism and self-development. A process that is progressive will surely throw up many potential leaders out of which one will ultimately emerge. So that process and the legacy being put in place, as well as the footprint is more important. So nobody should begin to bother their head over whether the governor is grooming a successor or not.”