Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State on Monday held a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari few days to the governorship election in the state.
Monday’s visit is the second in recent weeks by the governor who is the chairman of the governors forum of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Mr. Mimiko, who arrived the villa at about noon, went straight into the president’s office for a closed-door meeting.
The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes.
After meeting with Mr. Buhari, the Ondo governor then headed to the office of the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, where he also spent another 30 minutes.
Speaking with State House correspondents shortly after emerging from the meetings, Mr. Mimiko said he was in the Villa because he sensed a security threat in Ondo State.
“As the chief security officer of my state, if there is any credible threat to security, I owe the responsibility to Nigerians to inform Mr. President of what is going on in the state,” he said.
The governor, however, refuted the rumour going round that he plans to cross-carpet to the All Progressive Congress, APC, following the Appeal Court’s decision which did not favour his faction of the PDP on the rightful candidate for the November 26 poll.
The rumours became rife over the weekend after Mr. Mimiko went to receive Mr. Buhari who visited the state for a campaign rally on Saturday.
According to the governor, protocol demands that he accords Mr. Buhari the normal courtesies as the president of the nation irrespective of his mission there.
“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.
“And I have also come to brief him about the security situation in my state.”
On whether the PDP is planning to form another party due to its current crisis, he said: “I am just concentrating on the case of my party in court.”
Mr. Mimiko’s favoured candidate to succeed him, Eyitayo Jegede, is challenging Jimoh Ibrahim for the PDP ticket.
A high court had declared Mr. Ibrahim, a member of the Ali Sheriff faction of PDP, the authentic candidate.
The Supreme Court is expected to hear on Tuesday if the Appeal Court has the right to continue hearing Mr. Jegede’s appeal.
Should the Supreme Court rule in the affirmative, the Appeal Court will then decide on who the right candidate is leaving the PDP with little or no time to convince the electorates.
The PDP has since called for a postponement of the election, a call rejected by INEC and the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Asked what would happen if his favoured candidate wins at the Supreme Court, Mr. Mimiko said: “the whole of Ondo State will erupt in joy and it will be so self-evident.”
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