The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday scored another political piping on the South-west region of the country as the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko dumped his Labour Party (LP) for the PDP.
The Governor said he resolved to join the ruling PDP because of the decision of his supporters to ensure the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2915.
Mimiko explained that he would be joining the PDP with retinues of his supporters who are currently officials in the National Assembly and those at the local levels.
The governor while giving gone rationale behind his action stated “We hope to be part of a process of creating, especially in the South West, a solid and robust platform of involvement in the election of the President, governors and legislators and post election governance structure, which will help to engender rapid socio-economic development.”
According to him, the decision to defect to the PDP arose after a period of consultation with major stakeholders in his state, including traditional and religious leaders, market men and women, artisans, trade unions and community as well as party leaders.
“But this decision to return to the PDP, we have taken in the overall interest of our people and our nation, and its democracy which, for those who are perceptive enough to notice, is now mortally endangered by a constellation of forces which must be confronted”, Mimiko said.
He noted that in 2011 even from the platform of the LP platform, the party endorsed, worked for and voted massively for Jonathan.
According to him, in spite of the support given to Jonathan, it did not deter Labour Party members from working for candidates where it fielded candidates and in subsequent polls.
He noted that with the 2015 time-table for elections released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which put Presidential and National Assembly elections on the same day, Jonathan requires the kind of support that would not create conflict of interest.
“With the 2015 INEC time-table, which put Presidential and National Assembly elections on the same day, it has become obvious that the type of support we need to give President Jonathan without creating conflict of interest is better canalized through the President’s political party, the PDP.
Mimiko commended Jonathan’s transformation agenda, particularly in the area of power, agriculture, transportation, health education, housing and other sectors of the economy.
While welcoming Mimiko into the fold of the PDP, Vice President Namadi Sambo said that the defection of the governor would raise PDP to a higher level.
He urged Mimiko to embrace all the party members in the PDP, stressing that with the defection; issues in the South West would be resolved.
Also speaking on the occasion, Senate President, Senator David Mark assured that Mimiko would bring an advantage into the PDP in not only in Ondo state but in the South west region in general.
Mark who is also the Chairman of the re-integration committee told Mimiko to reconcile everyone in the party, saying there should be no room fractionalization in the party.
He also told Mimiko to set up committee that would smoothen and fine tune all issues arising from his defection to the PDP, stressing that his defection Mimiko to the party would make for progress in the forthcoming 2015 election.
Commenting on the development, Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, said that the PDP is united and would ensure that the unity is sustained.
Present at the occasion were the National Secretary of the party, Prof, Wale Oladipo, Chief of Staff to the President, Jones Arogbofa, former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; Senator Bode Olajumoke, Olu Agunloye, Chief Olu Falae among others.