Former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, has rejected an appointment from the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, citing equity reasons.
Mimiko was appointed leader of the Ondo PDP Presidential Campaign Council scheduled for inauguration on Thursday.
However, in a statement on Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Media and Digital Communications, John Paul Akinduro, the ex-governor rejected the appointment, stating that he stands with those who are calling for equity in the party’s heirarchy.
The ex-governor added that that he has been receiving calls and messages from political allies on whether he has abandoned Wike and four other governors demanding the resignation of PDP National Chairman Senator Iyorchia Ayu as a condition to back Atiku’s presidential aspiration.
Mimiko established that he stands with them, adding that no one consulted before giving him an appointment in the campaign council.
The statement reads: “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 diversities if it genuinely wants to unify a visibly divided country.