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ONDO: Presidential Campaign Council inauguration will not be made public — Mimiko

THE Peoples Democratic Party’s Ondo State Chapter has announced that the inauguration of its Presidential Campaign Council(PCC) today will not be made public.

The news came after Olusegun Mimiko, a party chieftain and former state governor, stated he objected to his alleged placement on the state PDP’s PCC list.

According to a statement by Mr. Kennedy Peretei, the party’s publicity secretary, the party has opted to conduct the inauguration quietly,

“The Atiku/Okowa Campaign Train will arrive in Ondo State on 2nd November 2022. There will be a pre-event press conference to intimate our media partners on all arrangements. Therefore, we intend to make the inauguration an in-house affair without media coverage,” the statement read.

In the meantime, Mimiko stated that his principal was never consulted or given permission to be on the campaign council list in a statement made by his Special Assistant on Media and Digital Communications, John Akinduro.

Additionally, he refuted a rumor that he opposed some PDP governors in their campaign for regional fairness in the party.

The statement read, “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 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.

“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.”

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