Mimiko at last dumps Labour Party for PDP
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has at last formally defected from the Labour Party (LP) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mimiko led two members of the National
Assembly from the state, all the 26 members
of the state House of Assembly, all members
of the State Executive Council and his
supporters to the PDP.
He made the formal declaration at the
Presidential Villa, Abuja, at an event presided
over by Vice President Namadi Sambo.
“I, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, following extensive
consultations across the land, today finally
announce the decision of members of the
National Assembly from the LP in Ondo
State, members of the LP in the 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,” Mimiko told the
gathering that included the President of the
Senate, David Mark; Governor Emmanuel
Uduaghan of Delta State and leaders of the
PDP from the South-West.
He said his decision to return to the PDP
arose after a period of consultation with
major stakeholders in the state, including
traditional and religious leaders, market men
and women, artisans, trade unions and
community as well as party leaders.
The governor, who was in the PDP before
the 2007 governorship election, where he
contested against Dr. Olusegun Agagu, said
he took the decision to return to PDP in the
overall interest of his people and the nation,
as well as its democracy.
Mimiko said his immediate target was to
help the process of getting President
Goodluck Jonathan re-elected in 2015.
Mark, in his remarks, said he was happy that
Mimiko decided to return from his “self-
He said it was the desire and wish of the
party leadership that the governor reconciles
everybody within the party. – Punch.
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