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Mimiko to PDP: Stop screaming unifier; allow regional equity in the PDP first

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Mimiko to PDP: Stop screaming unifier; allow regional equity in the PDP first
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Olusegun Mimiko, former governor of Ondo State, has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, must allow its internal structure to reflect Nigeria’s diversity before embarking on its 2023 mantra of unifying the country.

Mimiko states that he has not backed down from the position of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, and other aggrieved party leaders on the agitation for regional equity within the PDP.

He emphasized his commitment that a member of the party of southern extraction must be the National Chairman before the 2023 elections.

Mimiko to PDP: Stop screaming unifier; allow regional equity in the PDP first

The ex-governor stated this on Wednesday when he rejected his nomination as ‘Leader of Campaign’ following his alleged nomination on the Ondo State PDP Presidential Campaign Council list.

Mimiko, along with Wike and Makinde, has been at odds with the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over Iyorchia Ayu’s alleged refusal to resign as National Chairman of the party following the election of a northerner as the party’s candidate.

According to Mimiko, quoted in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Digital Communications, John Paul Akinduro, the appearance of his name on the list was a hoax and a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters smear his reputation.

He emphasized that he was not consulted and did not consent to his inclusion on the PDP PCC list for the state.

Olusegun Mimiko’s words

“Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has been inundated with calls and messages from the general public, and his political friends and concerned individuals around the nation;

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, making a party member of southern extraction the national chairman before the 2023 election.

“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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