By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have invited former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to rejoin the opposition party.
Four governors led by the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, visited Mimiko at his Ondo town residence on Thursday.
Others were Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), and Okezie Ipeazu (Abia).
The governors were received by Mimiko, his wife, Olukemi, former deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, three members of the Ondo State House of Assembly; Rasheed Elegbeleye, Tomide Akinribido and Festus Akingbaso.
Others were former speaker, Jumoke Akindele, former Chief Judge Olaseinde Kumuyi and deputy governorship candidate of ZLP in the 2020 election, Gboye Adegbenro, and state chairman of the PDP, Fatai Adams.
Addressing journalists after a closed-door meeting, Tambuwal said: “We are here in the beautiful town of Ondo, in Ondo State, the home of our leader, and brother, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, former governor of Ondo State to reinvite him back to his family, his political family, PDP and work towards rescuing Nigeria.
”I am here with the Governors of Abia, Rivers, and Oyo.”
Tambuwal said the governors had a very robust engagement with Mimiko and were very optimistic they would hear something very positive from him soonest.
“The message is simple, let’s come back to reposition the PDP and rescue the country. The urgency of the matter is now,” he added.
On the implications of the visit for the 2023 general elections, Tambuwal said: “We are rebuilding the political platform, the PDP. We are repositioning it towards ensuring that PDP is back to power in 2023”.
Also speaking to journalists, Mimiko described the visit as one of the many engagements to woo him back to the party.
“This is one of the series of interactions we have had over the last few months. They have come to tell us why we should join forces with them in the PDP and the efforts they are making in repositioning the party,” he said.
He promised to make known his position on the visit after meeting leaders of the Zenith Labour Party much later.