BY DAYO JOHNSON
MEMBERS of opposition parties in their thousands including the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Odigbo, Okitipupa and Irele local government areas, weekend, dumped their parties for the ruling Labour Party, LP, citing the leadership quality and achievements of the State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko as their major attractions to the party.
They include Mrs Ronke Oladun, Mr Richard Adenikinju, Mr Isaac Olaleye, Mr Femi Aju (former Okitipupa local government interim chairman and secretary under PDP), Mr Ogunja, and Dr Francis Igbasan (former chairman of the state scholarship Board under Dr Olusegun Agagu).
Speaking while receiving the decampees at Ore and Irele, headquarters of Odigbo and Irele local government areas, and Igbotako in Okitipupa council area, Governor Mimiko, who was accompanied by the state deputy chairmen of Labour party, Chief Dele Akinyele, (South) and Mrs Aduke Olugboja (North) assured the new members of equal treatment and opportunities with old members.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kolawole Olabisi noted that there would be no discrimination among members, saying every member belonged to the same family with the singular motive to take the party to greater heights.
“I want to thank you for your decision to join the winning party. The party of the majority. I can assure you that you will not regret your decision to join Labour Party.
This is the party chosen by God to liberate our people from poverty, a party with numerous people-oriented programmes. I want to appeal to all of you to make sure that we put our house together so that there will be no room for division among us,” the Governor pleaded.
He described the new entrants as men and women of proven integrity to move the party forward, saying that they would not regret their wise decisions.
Mimiko, however, warned against internal crisis among members and called for unity and cooperation so that the party could record success in the forthcoming elections.