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No Plans To Join APC, Mimiko Says After Meeting With Buhari

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Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has said he has no plans to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said this amidst the controversy surrounding which candidate will fly the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the state governorship election.

Mimiko, who spoke with State House Correspondents after the closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, explained that he was only there to brief him on the state of security in Ondo, ahead of the elections this weekend.

He said: “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.”