25th June, 2010
The Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr. Samuel Adesina yesterday predicted the demise of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP) as he led over 2,000 politicians who braved an early morning rain to formally declare for the Labour Party (LP).
Adesina insisted that with the declaration, no notable politician was left in the opposition party in Odigbo Local Government Area of the State where he hails from.
Also in Okitipupa, the hometown of the immediate past Governor of the State, Dr Olusegun Agagu, over three thousand (3,000) erstwhile members of the PDP and other parties led by the Lisa of Ossoroland, High Chief Festus Olumoyegun, Agaguâ€™s former points man, dumped the Party for the LP.
Speaking at a carnival-like rally at Ore, the headquarters of Odigbo Local Government Council,Â Hon. Adesina stated that the decision of the over 2,000 people to follow him to the Labour Party in Ondo State was due to the achievements and people â€“oriented programmes of the Dr Olusegun Mimiko-led administration with in short spell in office.
He said within the one and half years of the existence of the present administration, membership of the Labour Party has been spreading like wild fire to the extent that no day passes by in the 18 local government areas of the state without notable politicians defecting from their parties to the Labour Party.
Addressing the crowd, Governor Mimiko assured them that his government would not lose focus but will instead, be more alive to its responsibilities for more members to be attracted to the Labour Party which he said has enough room for all.
In Okitipupa local government area Mimiko also assured the people of Ilutitun that his administration would renovate the health centre in the town too adequately meet their health needs.
In addition, the governor has directed the State Chairman of Water Corporation and his team to look into the portable water situation of the community with a view to alleviating their suffering.
Speaking while receiving the decampees, the state chairman of Labour Party, Dr Olaiya Oni assured them of equal opportunities with the old members and promised to carry out the partyâ€™s activities in a transparent manner.
He added that the Labour Party government in the state has done a lot to transform the socio-economic landscape of the state, adding that many programmes were still in the pipeline to further bring smiles on the faces of the people.â€˜
In his speech, the leader of the decampees, Chief Festus Oyedele Olumoyegun, a former local government chairman who said that he had been an associate of the governor for about twenty years, expressed confidence in his ability to lead the state to the promised land.
He added that the Labour Party administration in the state has done a lot since inception to alleviate the suffering of the people, including payment of backlog of pension and gratuities, to public servants and political office holders irrespective of their political affiliation.
He, however, expressed sadness over the neglect of the area in the provision of social infrastructure, assuring that the Mimiko-lead administration would correct the past mistakes.