Mimiko Opens Up: Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s unprecedented meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier given credence to rumours of a political re-alignment but the People’s Democratic Party chieftain has dismissed the rumours.
Dr. Olusegun Mimiko
Earlier this morning, 21st of November, 2016, news broke that Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko who belongs to the main opposition party in Nigeria, PDP was in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari with details of their discussion remaining discreet.
Well, Mimiko who was reported to have also visited the office of Buhari’s powerful nephew, Mamman Daura has played down the reports of an imminent defection with 5 days to the governorship election.
He said despite the controversy surrounding who flies the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state governorship election holding on Saturday, he was not contemplating joining the All Progressives Congress according to the Punch.
He said the courtesy he extended to President Muhammadu Buhari when he led party members to a rally in the state on Saturday was done because of his position as the president and had nothing to do with the party he belongs to.
Mimiko spoke with State House correspondents shortly after meeting with Buhari for the second time inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, since the crisis over the PDP candidate started.
He said the purpose of his two meetings with the President was to brief him on the security situation in his state ahead of the elections.
The governor said, “This is my second visit to the Villa since this crisis in our party started. Like I said, as the Chief Security Officer of my state, if there is any credible threat to security, I owe the responsibility to Nigerians to apprise Mr. President of what is going on in the state.
“Mr. President was in my state to campaign for his party. I extended to him the courtesy of receiving him at the airport and seeing him off as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not as APC (member).
“I understand that people have speculated that this means I am going to APC. There is nothing of such. I only extended him normal courtesy that protocols demand.
“As a governor and Chief Security Officer of the state, if the President is visiting, no matter the party he belongs to, it is only appropriate for me to extend the courtesy to him. That was what I did in Akure.
“And I have also come to brief him about the security situation in my state.”
When asked to comment on the ongoing crisis in the PDP, the governor said he was concentrating on the case in court.