Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State insisted that he isn’t dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) despite his second meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in recent times.
The governor who met Mr. President at Aso Rock Villa in Abuja today over the 26 November-billed Ondo State guber elections, told newsmen:
“This is my second visit to the Villa since this crisis in our party started. Like I said, as the Chief Security Officer of my state, if there is any credible threat to security, I owe the responsibility to Nigerians to apprise Mr. President of what is going on in the state.
“Mr. President was in my state to campaign for his party. I extended to him the courtesy of receiving him at the airport and seeing him off as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not as APC (member).
“I understand that people have speculated that this means I am going to APC. There is nothing of such. I only extended him normal courtesy that protocols demand.
“As a governor and Chief Security Officer of the state, if the President is visiting, no matter the party he belongs to, it is only appropriate for me to extend the courtesy to him. That was what I did in Akure. And I have also come to brief him about the security situation in my state.”