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Mimiko’s Defection: APC Opens Doors for LP, PDP Members

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In a move to cash in on the fracture caused by the defection of the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, from the Labour Party (LP) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend said its doors are open, ready and prepared to receive true progressive citizens of the state into its fold.

The state Chairman of the APC, Mr Isaacs Kekemeke, stated the readiness of the party to receive those who for one reason or the other might want to leave their parties for the APC at a news conference he addressed in the state.

The APC’s offer came just as the LP at the weekend elected the immediate past National Secretary, Alhaji Abdulkadir Salam, as the party’s new National Chairman at its national convention in Akure.

The former National Chairman, Chief Dan Iwuanyanwu, who also chaired the convention committee, betrayed his emotion over the defection of Mimiko to the PDP, as he burst into tears, while reading his address. He however, said the challenges before the members of the party now are how to make it attractive to other people like the defected governor.

Kekemeke said the call for LP and PDP members to crossover to APC became necessary in view of the compelling need for a change in the state in particular and Nigeria in general.

According to the chairman, the PDP in its present state can no longer midwife the change that the state and the nation desire and deserve.

He said the party in Ondo State had therefore in line with its progressive thinking, directed all wards and local government executives to open the membership register of the party for registration of new members across the 18 local governments, 203 wards and in all the 3,009 units in the states.

“The people of Ondo State have tasted the PDP and the LP at different times. The two of them are now in one pot of soup and the one they had not tasted is the APC, we are now telling them to taste the new party.

“APC is a new party. I am a product of internal democracy. APC in Nigeria will practice internal democracy. Candidates of the party for various positions would emerge from a primary that would be conducted in line with the constitution and the guidelines that would be set by the party.

“I am therefore using this opportunity to assure willing new members that they are free to seek elective offices in the party and there would be no discrimination against them,” Kekemeke stated.

The APC said it has come to its knowledge that the state governor had put in place mechanism to entice, intimidate and subdue the people of Ondo State in the LP and in the PDP, who have expressed their willingness to work with the APC.

Kekemeke alleged that the governor had threatened to declare vacant the seats of members of House of Assembly, who were willing to join the APC and deny them their allowances.

“As a party, we condemn the action of the governor in its entirety and herein state that we will resist every attempt by the governor to scuttle and decimate the genuine yearnings of every progressive minded citizens of Ondo State to realise their individual and collective aspiration in pour broad based platform,” he stated.

In a swift reaction however, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade said the allegation was frivolous and has no basis.

Akinmade, who explained that the APC has no single member in the state House of Assembly, said all the lawmakers that defected to the PDP did so out of their own volition without any interference with their action.

The former LP chairman, who read a 15 valedictory at the convention urged leaders and members of the party to respect the decision of the Governor Mimiko as he had explained reasons for his action.

He stated that Mimiko had no quarrel with the leadership of the party for the six years period he was a member.

“I must admit that for the six years, he was a member of the party, he had cordial relationship with the leadership. The party provided him with the platform that the PDP denied him to become the governor of Ondo state.

“His performance as governor was credible and there was steady development in all aspect of governance in the state. It can be said that he added value to the party in terms of his performance in office.

Salam was unanimously elected, as there was no other nomination against his candidacy as it happened for all other positions including that of the national secretary that would be occupied by an Abuja-based human rights lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, who is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation.

Also, the Immediate past Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Iwuanyanwu, was ratified as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party, while the Deputy National Secretaries would be filled by representatives from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Other officers elected include, Mrs. Oluchi Opara, National Treasurer; National Publicity Secretary, Ebele Efendo; National Organising Secretary, Clement Ojukwu; National Auditor, Maria Lebeke and Financial Secretary, Hajia Hadiza Kishimi.

While stating that he was leaving as the national chairman of the party, Iwuanyanwu gave the assurance that he would not be far from the new leadership of the party and its members.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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