By Dayo Johnson
IMMEDIATE past governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Agagu yesterday described members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who decamped to the ruling Labour Party, LP, as inconsistent politicians who sold their conscience for a pot of porridge.
He was, however, optimistic that the â€œPDP is coming back in 2013, stronger than we ever be.
“There is no doubt about this. If democracy which means one man one vote is what is upheld, we won in 2003 and we won again in 2007. Something happened and we were ousted from power.”
Agagu who described the former PDP members as wheather beaten politicians said the party was not losing any sleep over their defection as they left to make â€œfew pennies for their pockets.â€
He was reacting to the gale of defection of members of his party to the ruling Labour Party in the state.
Agagu told newsmen in Akure that â€œIf you believe that this administration is doing well, stay with them but if you believe that there is need to get something that is better than what is going on now, stay on our side. People have been coming to our side too.
â€œWe had 16 members in the House of Assembly but the replacement of the four lawmakers who had dumped our party, we have men and women of substance who will come and fortify us.”
The former governor criticised the present administration for â€œcaring more about propaganda, self aggrandizement and not thinking about the quality of education, quality of health care delivery, not caring about how industrialization will create more jobs to the people; an administration that decided to destroy the empowerment programme that was put in place in agriculture, entrepreneurship training, skill acquisition is evil.”
He also accused the present government of not expanding the economy of this state and abandoning projects initiated by him.
According to him â€œlike the OK LNG we would have employed 3, 400 engineers in this state, l donâ€™t have up to 1,000 engineers. Any administration that will stop the University of Technology in this state is evil. Any administration that will stop the golf course at Idanre, the Ose games village that would have boosted the economy and enables the state earn foreign exchange through tourism, such administration is evil, because it is doing what will not improve the lots of the people.”
Agagu said â€œWe believe in the progress of the state and from time to time, we will always assemble men and women who mean well for this state and move it forward.
â€œWe contested in 1999, we lost, between 1999 and 2003, we mobilized people who felt there was the need to fast track development in this state and we put so many of them together so that we won in 2003, we won again in 2007 but somehow, something happened.
â€œEver since there had been a new administration in this state, and people had their views, a comparative analysis of what happened between 2003 and 2009, and what is happening now, and people can form their opinion.”