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No office-sharing agreement with Mimiko –PDP

The embattled executive council of the Peoples
Democratic Party in Ondo State has reacted to
claims by Governor Olusegun Mimiko that no
decision was reached on the sharing of positions
in the state chapter of the party.
A statement by the Organising Secretary, Ondo
PDP, Afolabi Akinbowale, in Akure, on Thursday,
said the governor’s claims were untrue as there
was a disagreement on the sharing of the
positions and further reconciliatory meetings
were being expected.
The statement was in response to the assertion
by Mimiko that he had made a modest claim on
14 out of the 27 positions in the structure of the
party, but that the executive members were
unyielding.
He said, “It must be put on record that the Senate
President was commissioned to head the
reintegration and reconciliation committee for
the South-West, therein Ondo State. In
furtherance of his assignment, the Senate
President called a meeting wherein Dr. Mimiko
requested that he be given the chairman,
secretary, treasurer, publicity secretary,
organising secretary among other state executive
positions.
“The negotiation broke down because Mr.
Governor was unwilling to shift grounds as PDP
leaders agreed that some positions in the state
executive be conceded to him. However, the
leaders were quick to call the attention of the
Senate President to the lopsidedness in the
request, therefore, the chairman and the
secretary of the party cannot be in the same
bundle meant for the governor, rather the two
positions be separated in different bundles
meant for both groups.
“Also, the leaders from the side of the PDP
equally requested for positions in government
wherein those relieved of their positions and
interested leaders could occupy, which the Senate
President agreed to, as a way of forging proper
integration.”
Akinbowale added that the governor refused to
accept the request, necessitating the intervention
of President Goodluck Jonathan and the National
Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, who
gave a directive that Mark should continue with
the reintegration and reconciliation and submit
the agreement reached to the party for
implementation.
He said the leadership of the party in the state
was expecting the Senate President’s invitation,
and as a result, “no agreement whatsoever has
been reached or purported to have been
reached.”
Akinbowale noted that Mark was asked to submit
a report of the reconciliation for implementation
by the National Working Committee, but instead a
parallel secretariat has been created where
membership cards are being issued to people.
He said his group was prepared to work with
Mimiko, but added that “a landlord should not be
made a tenant in his house.”

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