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Why I Visited President Buhari – Gov. Olusegun Mimiko

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The Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko has opened up on the reason behind his visit and meeting with the president, Muhammadu Buhari.

Mimiko while speaking to the State House correspondents after he met with the president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja dismissed speculations that he was making a move to cross carpet from his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to All Progressive Congress, APC.

Speaking after the closed door meeting with the President, Mimiko pointed out that he met with the president to update him on the security status of Ondo state as the Chief Security Officer of the state.

He said: “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 brief 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 courtesies of receiving him at the airport and seeing him off as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not as APC.

“I understand that people have speculated that this means I am going to APC. There is nothing of such. I only extended him normal courtesies that protocols demand.

“As a governor and security officer of the state, if the president is visiting, no matter the party he belongs, it is only appropriate for me to extend the courtesies to him.

“That was what I did in Akure and I have also come to brief him about the security situation in my state.”

Mimiko further revealed that his visit marks the second time at the Presidential villa since the crisis in the state started.

“I am just concentrating on the case of my party in court.’’ When asked what would happen if his candidate were to win at the Supreme Court, he whole of Ondo State will erupt in joy and it will be so self-evident.”

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