by S’ola Filani
Barely 24 hours after Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko formally decamped from Labour Party to the PDP, all 25 members of the State House of Assembly have also decamped from the Labour party to the PDP.
Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo on Thursday in Abuja formally announced his defection from Labour Party (LP) to the ruling PDP.
He was received by Vice President Namadi Sambo on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan at a brief ceremony held inside the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.
In his speech, Mimiko said that his decision to join the PDP was taken in the overall interest of the people of Ondo and the country at large.
The governor said that the decision enjoyed the endorsement of major stakeholders, including traditional and religious leaders, market men and women, trade unions, community and party leaders.
He said: “We feel compelled to join hands with the tendency that is aboard today in the PDP, led by a president that is as focused as he is patriotic. The PDP is a team that has demonstrated so much promise in its commitment to democracy without which the challenges facing our nation cannot be overcome. By providence, I am positioned to speak for the people of Ondo and our collaborators and admirers across the nation. And I do not have any doubt whatsoever in my mind that the interest of
our people in Ondo, the South West Zone and that of Nigeria too, will be better served in the PDP in the evolving political configuration in our nation.
It is in the light of the foregoing that I, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, today formally announce the decision of members of National Assembly from the LP in Ondo State, members of the LP in the Ondo State House of Assembly, members of the State Executive Council and indeed all those who share our aspirations, to join the PDP. I must confess that it surely was tempting and perhaps more fulfilling to continue as a national leader in our smaller, calmer and quite promising ocean represented by the Labour Party.
“But this decision to return to the PDP, we have taken in the overall interest of our people and our nation, and its democracy.”
The governor said that his immediate target was to help the process of getting President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan re-elected. He promised to spearhead the process by creating “a solid and robust platform of involvement in the re-election of the president”.