Former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko has said he was not consulted or briefed before the purported list of the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council was released on Tuesday
Mimiko while distancing himself from the list on Wednesday said it was not authorized by him.
The former governor in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Digital Communication, John Paul Akinduro, reiterated his commitment towards the emergence of candidates from the south as president in 2023 for equity, fairness and justice.
Mimiko, who maintains that the PDP structure must reflect Nigeria’s diversity, disclosed that he did not dump Rivers and Oyo State governors, Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde respectively, and others over their agitation for regional equity within the PDP.
“Dr Olusegun Mimiko has been inundated with calls and messages from the general public, his political friends and concerned individuals around the nation; and in particular, his teeming supporters across the length and breadth of Ondo State, seeking clarity on a piece of fake news making the rounds since yesterday that he had ditched Governors Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde and their colleague governors, and abandoned the agitation for regional equity within the PDP; and in particular, making a party member of southern extraction it’s the national chairman before the 2023 election.
“The report and the list that triggered it, are fake and a deliberate attempt to muddle things up and smear Dr Olusegun Mimiko.
“It must be stated with emphasis that Dr Mimiko was neither consulted by anyone nor consented to his inclusion in any Ondo state PDP Presidential Campaign Council list.
“For the avoidance of doubt and to set the record straight, Dr Mimiko is unwavering in his commitment to the principle of equity, fairness and justice through which he believes a credible push for a PDP victory is possible.
“He fully subscribes to the agitation by his colleagues and other stakeholders in PDP and the generality of Nigerians that the PDP structure must reflect Nigeria’s diversity if it genuinely wants to unify a visibly divided country.”
He advised the public to disregard the list, saying his commitment is towards the emergence of a southern presidency.
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