A former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party.
Mr Mimiko, in his letter of resignation which he addressed to the party in the state on Wednesday, said his reasons for resigning from the party were “personal” and “well thought-out.”
“I hereby with utmost humility inform you of my decision to resign my membership of the PDP with effect from today, June 13, 2018 for some well thought-out personal reasons,” the former two term governor, said.
“It was an honour working with the many prominent Nigerians with whom I shared the PDP platform for the entire period I was in there as a member. Accept please the assurance of my very high regards.”
Although Mr Mimiko did not state his next move, his close aides indicated that he would officially be declaring for the Labour Party on Thursday in Ondo, his hometown.
The medical doctor-turned politician came into office in 2009 on the platform of the LP and was re-elected in 2012 but moved the entire structure of the party to the PDP on the exigencies of the 2015 presidential election.
Mr is expected to return to the LP along with his supporters on Thursday, and begin the process of registering as a member of the party in his ward, before moving to the civic center Ondo, for official declaration.
“The official declaration of Mimiko and his followers will hold at the Ondo Civic Centre in Ondo town on Thursday, and this will signal the rebuilding of the structure of the LP which was collapsed into the PDP in 2014,” said one of his aides who would not want to be named because he was not authorised to speak.
The state chairman of the PDP, Clement Faboyede, while reacting to Mr Mimiko’s defection, said the development would not affect the fortunes of his party.
Mr Faboyede expressed surprise at the defection of the former governor, but noted that the party would continue to thrive even without him.
“The PDP is a very big party that can be likened to orange tree and if you pluck from it ,it does not kill the orange. Therefore the party will survive,” he said.
“We really love Dr.Mimiko and always want to be part of his political planning. We are hoping he will not leave, and if he does, the party (PDP) will survive.
“Mimiko informed us of his intention and we feel he is entitled to his own opinion and calculations and he hinged his defection on what he said was his belief and can no longer stay in PDP
“He has communicated that he is going to consult, and he gathered and talked to every strata of party members and gave reasons, while some agreed and some did not agree and we tried at our own level to discourage him but he has picked a date.
“I believe he is a member of the party until he leaves and if he leaves; good luck to him and goodbye to him. If he eventually leaves, PDP will not and will never die.”