Defection to APC: Mimiko breaks silence

By: Ade Adeleke

Dr Olusegun Mimiko, the immediate past governor of Ondo State, on Wednesday indicated that partisan consideration is the least of his concerns now, denying any plot to dump the ZLP for the ruling APC.

This was in reaction to a report on his supposed plans to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), published by a social media platform.

It was earlier circulated on social media that “barring the unforeseen, former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, will dump the Zenith Labour Party(ZLP) and join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

“This comes on the heels of series of meetings the former governor had with Mai Mala Buni, the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman and Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN),”

But however reacting, Mimiko, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, John Paul Akinduro, said in a situation where the nation is tottering on the precipice as a result of widespread insecurity, he was more concerned about how to pull the nation back from the brinks, and not some rumoured defection into another party.

According to Akinduro, the report on Dr Mimiko’s supposed plan to defect to APC “is a piece of fake news.”

Dr. Mimiko has been in Abuja in the past one week or so, the statement continues, “to attend some events, including the meeting of some NGOs with ethnic-nationality leaders, all hinged on heartfelt concern for the deepening insecurity in the land; and how to fashion out workable solutions, especially through the plank of restructuring.

“He, within the days of his stay in Abuja, actively participated in the programme tagged ‘Nigeria’s 2023 Presidential Transition Inter-Etnic Peace Dialogue,’ held at the Trancorp Hilton, Abuja, on Monday, and the 71st Birthday Celebration and Book Presentation of his party stalwart and friend, Honourable Iranola Joseph Akinlaja, held at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, on Tuesday, June 1st,” the statement added.

“It is noteworthy that at Hon Akinlaja’s book presentation, Dr Mimiko harped on the theme of security, by advising the President on the centrality of the security challenge to his legacy. He also had many informal meetings with Nigerians across ethnic, religious and political divide, on the need to find lasting, just and fair solutions to the orgy of violence and bloodletting across the country.

“No where was any mention made or discussion held on any possible defection to any party. Dr. Mimiko remains in the Zenith Labour Party and his hope has been a collaboration of left leaning political groups to offer a real ideologically driven alternative in the nation’s political process,” the statement concluded.

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