The former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has explained why he returned to the opposition People’s Democratic Party.
It would be recalled that Mimiko left the PDP for Labour Party in 2018 and moved to Zenith Labour Party before his defection to the People Democratic Party last year.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting of the party held in Akure, the state capital, Dr Mimiko said ” I came back into the PDP so that we can work together to oust the APC and save our country from crashing into the deep.
“We do this not out of grudge and malice with anybody but as a duty to work towards the defeat of the ruling party at both the State and federal levels to reclaim and rebuild our country.
This, however, will only be possible “if the PDP sheds all divisive garbs and works in the unity of purpose, conscientiously and committed to the cause of the highly pauperised masses.”
Mimiko, therefore, asked leaders and members of the party across the country to work together to be able to oust the APC and help reclaim Nigeria from the underperforming APC-led federal government.
He charged members to eschew division and sentiments and be focused on building consensus where such is possible and organise free, fair and just primaries should that be the only option available.
“I came back into the PDP so that we can work together to oust the APC and save our country from crashing into the deep.
“We do this not out of grudge and malice with anybody but as a duty to work towards the defeat of the ruling party at both the State and federal levels to reclaim and rebuild our country,” Mimiko said.
The state Chairman of the party, Fatai Adams clarified that there exist no acrimony between Dr Mimiko and his erstwhile Commissioner for Justice, Eyitayo Jegede.
Also, Dr Mimiko said that the prospects and fortunes of the party are more important than personal glory and division.
Meanwhile, in a communique issued after the meeting, the party ” should leverage on its strength and the influx of new members to reconfigure itself and reorganize for unity and collective progress, rebuild and reclaim the state and Nigeria from the underperforming APC.
It also asked “all leaders should mobilize from the unit, ward and local government area levels towards the victory of the party in subsequent elections that the State Executive Committee should create level playing grounds for all irrespective of their length of time of membership.
The stakeholders’ meeting was attended by the former state deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, party leaders, former State party Chairmen, Hon Ebenezer Alabi and Clement Faboyede, former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Jumoke Akindele and current members of the State Assembly, State Executive Committee members of the party as well as select leaders from the 18 council areas of the state
2023 General Elections: No aspirants ‘ll leave APC after primaries, says APC Chair, Adamu
The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu has assured that no aspirants will leave the party after the party’s primaries, which are now slated for May 26th through 30th.
Adamu stated that the ruling APC does not only want to win but also wants to win big in 2023.
He made the assurance on Saturday while addressing a group of party members in the diaspora at a global virtual town hall session on “Intra-Party democracy for the Emergence of Best Candidates.”
The programme, themed, “Democracy in Nigeria: Mobilizing Global Support for Progressives and Continuity,” was organized under the auspices of the APC Ward-to-ward Diaspora Network in collaboration with the APC Ward-to-ward Ambassadors.
The Chairman said, “Directly I want to tell you that after the primaries, non of the contestants of aspirants will leave the party.
You can see unlike the other parties extending weight, in our party all our aspirants are calm. Everybody is going left and right, trying to win votes for themselves.
Adamu, who was represented as a Special Assistant, Prof. Abdullahi Yau, added, “I can assure you this is the most interesting part; the number of people that are contesting and they are going to give everybody a playing level ground where you can exercise your right as a Nigerian to contest.
“And at the end of the exercise, just as what happened in the National convention, you see that everybody will be satisfied with whoever that emerges from the primaries.”
He said, “Unless you have a process that is not well coordinated, a process that is marred by irregularities that’s when people will be aggrieved and would want to leave the party.
If you’re allowed to exercise your right and you think there’s fairness in what’s going on in the party and you lose, I don’t think you would want to leave the party.
“I assure you even if we are going to have such a scenario, where we are going to have aggrieved members after the primaries, the Chairman and stakeholders of the party will ensure they reconcile everybody after the primaries,” he added.
He, however, said all aspirants would be listened to by a high-power delegation of the committee if there’s a tangible reason why they are complaining after the party’s primaries.
Osun 2022: Oyetola Campaign Council appreciates Ooni, Ife monarchs, residents for massive turnout
Osun not for sale to highest bidder, Oyetola campaign council replies Adeleke, PDP
...warns him not to overheat polity
The Adegboyega Oyetola Campaign Council has described as absurd, unthinkable and totally unacceptable the boast by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke that he had acquired enough money in hard currencies to buy Osun and its people for the July 16 Governorship contest.
In a statement signed by its Director-General, Senator Ajibola Bashiru, the Campaign Council declared that Osun was not for sale to the highest bidder, just as it noted that on daily basis, the PDP candidate is proving to the Osun electorate that he had nothing to offer.
Senator Ademola, the PDP candidate had over the weekend during the party’s Osun Central Campaign rally, said “Osun people, you are the ones to decide. If it is about money, I have enough. I came with plenty money (hitting his pocket with his right hand). And it is not only naira, I came with dollars, pounds and Euro. This time around in Osun, it is fire for fire.”
Reacting to Ademola’s comment, the Oyetola Campaign Council said: “Osun people are not gullible. We have left them in no doubt of the quality our party, the APC and our Administration are made of, including the capacity of our candidate to deliver in the past three and half years. We have proved through our inclusive governance strategy that our people are our strength and that we do not take them for granted and we will never take them for granted. This explains why in spite of the way the 2018 election went, our administration began infrastructure intervention from Ede, the hometown of the PDP candidate.
“Osun people are enlightened, they Know that the State and its citizens are not up for sale to the highest bidder. Therefore, the PDP candidate should keep his money. Or better still, he could deploy those resources to establish industries to provide jobs for the people. This way, he will also be supporting the present Administration’s noticeable efforts in the last three and half years to industrialise the State and change its narrative as a Civil Service State, to one bubbling with economic activities.
“It is on record that the Oyetola-led administration has since inception taken concrete steps to open up the State for investments, and has been able to attract a number of investments into Osun, contributing to the economic growth of the State.
“We assure the PDP candidate that, like the Administration did to other players in the private sector, we will provide a level playing ground for his business to thrive and ensure Osun and its people derive maximum benefit from the investment.
The Campaign Council also cautioned Adeleke against overheating the polity with his incendiary comments and violent tendencies, wondering what he meant by saying ‘it’s fire for fire this time around’.
“As a responsible party, we urge Senator Adeleke and his party to embrace peaceful conduct and decorum in their political engagements and electioneering. We must avoid any comment or action that can jeopardise the peace and stability of our State,” the dded.
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