— Oct 3, 2014.
After weeks of frantic scheming and consultation, the governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, yesterday formally dumped the Labour Party (LP) to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with a declaration that his immediate target is to help President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in the 2015 presidential poll.
Announcing his defection to the PDP at a ceremony held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mimiko who noted that the Labour Party had always been in support of Jonathan’s presidential project said members of the National Assembly and House of Assembly under the platform of Labour Party in Ondo State have also defected to the PDP.
He said he consulted widely with major stakeholders in Ondo State, including traditional and religious leaders, market men and women, artisans, trade unions, community leaders as well as party leaders before joining the PDP.
Mimiko said, “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”.
“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”.
Receiving Mimiko into the PDP fold, Vice President Namadi Sambo who noted that the defection of the governor would raise PDP to a higher level implored the governor to embrace all the party members in the PDP.
Sambo said further that with the defection, issues in the South West would be resolved.
On his part, Senate President and the Chairman of the re-integration committee, David Mark, who noted that Mimiko would bring and advantage into the PDP in the state ,asked Mimiko to reconcile everybody in the party.
Mimiko formally takes charge of Ondo PDP.
Meanwhile, Mimiko has officially taken over the PDP structure in Ondo State.
He confirmed this to LEADERSHIP Friday yesterday after his formal defection to the PDP at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
LEADERSHIP Friday learnt that before yesterday’s brief ceremony, the national leadership of the PDP and the Presidency had agreed to concede the leadership of the party to the governor like other state governors who are the official leaders of the party in line with PDP’s constitution.