Olusegun Mimiko, a former governor of Ondo State, has said that before pursuing its 2023 campaign platform of national unification, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, must allow the variety of Nigeria to be reflected in its internal structure.
Mimiko stressed his commitment that a member of the party of southern extraction must be the National Chairman before the 2023 elections, saying that he has not changed his position on the demand for regional equity within the PDP from that of Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, and other aggrieved leaders of the party.
In response to his apparent nomination on the Ondo State PDP Presidential Campaign Council list, the ex-governor rejected his designation as “Leader of Campaign” on Wednesday.
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Along with Wike and Makinde, among others, Mimiko has been engaged in a protracted conflict with the PDP and Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate, over the alleged refusal of Iyorchia Ayu to honor the agreement that he will step down as national chairman of the party after the nomination of a person from the north.
John Paul Akinduro, Mimiko’s Special Assistant on Media and Digital Communications, said in a statement that the inclusion of his name on the list was an intentional attempt to confuse the situation and ruin Mimiko’s reputation.
He emphasized that no one had approached him and that he had given no permission for his name to be added to the state’s PDP PCC list.
“Dr Olusegun Mimiko has been inundated with calls and messages from the general public, and 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 fake news making the rounds since yesterday that he had ditched Governors Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde and their colleagues governors, and abandoned the agitation for regional equity within the PDP; and in particular, making a party member of southern extraction its the national chairman before the 2023 election.
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“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.”
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