Again, former Governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko was conspicuously missing at the Southwest meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders’ meeting held in Ibadan ahead the 2019 election.
Mimiko who is expected to be the leader of the party, has not attended any PDP meeting in the state or outside on behalf of the party after the 2015 election.
This has fueled speculations of his plans to dump the PDP.
No reason was given for Mimiko’s absence again at a ‘critical’ meeting conveyed the ‘reposition’ the party ahead the 2016 governorship election.
The Southwest meeting meet was chaired by the National Vice Chairman (Southwest PDP), Chief Olorogun Eddy Olafeso (Ondo) and had 20 members from each of the Southwest States in attendance.
Olafeso in his opening remarks said the party is repositioning itself to take charge from the APC come 2019 adding that PDP has regained its strength by virtue of the victory recorded by the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee at the supreme court.
Governor Fayose in his address said it is time to channel a way forward by instilling discipline and embarking on reconciliation for former members who deserted the party for one reason or the other.
The meeting had in attendance former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Former Deputy Chairman, Chief Bode George, Lagos State former deputy governor, Mrs. Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Osun State former deputy governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Ondo State PDP candidate in the 2016 gubernatorial election, Barr. Eyitayo Jegede, his running mate, John Ola Mafo, Hon Saka Lawal, Kola Ademujimi among others.
AFter a close door meeting, a communique jointly signed by the leaders, read by Chief Eddy Olafeso ramong others condemned the ‘destabilising and anti-party activities’ of Senator Buruji Kashamu and demand that disciplinary action be taken against him for his roles in the loss of the party in Ogun, Ondo and Edo States.
The zonal leadership and stakeholders also dissociated the zone from the activities of Senator Buruji Kashamu and resolve further to henceforth desist from dealing with him in any capacity in the zone.
The meeting equally resolved that a special committee be set up at local and national level to reach out to all those who left the party as a result of the destructive activities and act of sabotage embarked upon by ‘these charlatans.’
Meanwhile, Buruji and his loyalists in Ondo including the sacked chairman, Biyi Poroye shunned the meeting.