There seems to be no end to the gale of defections currently sweeping across Ondo State in recent times as the former Chief Press Secretary to Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Mr. Kolawole Olabisi, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Olabisi served the Ondo governor as his CPS until the early stages of his second term in office.
Olabisi defected alongside prominent indigenes of Ondo town, who had earlier followed Mr. Mimiko to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Labor Party.
Apart from Olabisi, other prominent members of the area, who defected, according to Saharareporters, include Mimiko’s former Special Assistant on “Special interest”, Mr. Arije Kareem, a youth leader of Hausa community in Ondo Kingdom, Yaro Aliu also left the PDP.
It was learnt that all the decampees were from Ondo East and West senatorial district.
Led by the former Ondo West Council Chairman, Yinka Adeyosoye, the group revealed that the reason for their defection is to work for the emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) as Nigeria’s next president noting that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has nothing to offer the people of the country any longer judging from its woeful performance in the last four years, a period they stated was characterised by series of corruption.
Adeyosoye said they had consulted their supporters in their constituencies before making their decision known adding that they would work for the APC.
“I can beat my chest to assure you that APC will make history on February 14 when we will sweep the PDP government away and chase President Goodluck Jonathan back to his Otuoke hometown by road”, he said.
He disclosed that things are getting worse in Ondo State for Governor Mimiko, who he said is “still claiming to be a war leader” of the polarized PDP in the state.
In his reaction, the Ondo State APC chairman, Isaac Kekemeke, said Mimiko has finally lost his remaining popularity with the defection of his kinsmen to the opposition party.
Kekemeke noted that the party would continue to welcome decampees with an assurance of giving everyone an equal footing in the APC.