The Ondo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged Governor Olusegun Mimiko and the Senator representing Ondo South, Boluwaji Kunlere, to resign their positions over recent reports that they have both defected from Labour Party (LP) to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
APC Publicity Secretary, Charles Titiloye, in a statement in Akure, the state capital yesterday, noted that LP had no internal crisis or division to warrant the purported defection by Mimiko and others to the PDP.
He berated Mimiko for taking the mandate of Ondo State’s people to the PDP without the consent of the electorate in an election.
Titiloye said: “For long, we know that the governor was using LP to deceive the progressive-minded people of Ondo State that he loves the masses when, in fact, Mimiko and all his chieftains are members of the conservative PDP.
“Finally, the governor has gone back to his kith and kin in PDP, carrying along his dwindling public credibility to his natural base”.
APC symphatised with members of the state LP, who, according to the party, have now been betrayed and deserted by their “general in the war field”.
The party urged the LP to now wind up its political operation in the country. “Middlemen in APGA should also defect to enable the masses decide between PDP and APC in 2015”, the statement added.
Titiloye further added that APC was ready to welcome defectors from LP and PDP, who were uncomfortable with Mimiko’s defection.
Meanwhile, the Osun State LP has said that the proposed exit of Mimiko would not affect the party’s fortunes in anyway.
The state LP Chairman, Timothy Olatunji, who spoke with reporters in Osogbo, the state capital yesterday, said reports from the national headquarters of the party had not indicated that Mimiko would be dumping LP for PDP.
He said: “Osun State chapter of the party would not be affected even if Mimiko tomorrow decides to dump the party”.
He noted that his executive council does not depend on the Ondo State governor to survive.
He said: “If Mimiko had played a pivotal role in canvassing votes for Alhaji Fatai Akinbade in the last governorship poll in Osun State, his exit might have negatively affected us. In the last Osun State governorship election, we solely bore the burden and whatever we achieved as success was made possible by our resolve to make a mark”.