.Party’s alleged defectors deny claim
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has explained that the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled to hold in the state on Wednesday was postponed due to official engagement by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The governor, who spoke through the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, said the president rescheduled his campaign in the state not for political reasons but to attend to other important national issues.
According to him, the president had a crucial meeting with some world leaders in Abuja including former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Mr. Kofi Annan, hence the postponement of the campaign in the state.
The PDP presidential campaign had initially scheduled the party’s presidential campaign in Ondo State for yesterday but cancelled it less than 24 hours to the programme.
Mimiko who is also the South-west Coordinator of the Jonathan Campaign Organisation hinted that a new date would soon be announced for the president’s campaign in the state.
He ruled out politics from the postponement and urged admirers of Jonathan and members of the PDP in the state to remain steadfast.
The governor also assured that the people of the state would support President Jonathan’s second term ambition, just as he stressed that the people of Ondo State are solidly behind the Jonathan’s administration.
Meanwhile, following claims that some members of the PDP in the state have decamped to the opposition party, some of the PDP chieftains whose names were mentioned among the decampees have refuted the claim.
Speaking with journalists in Akure on WEdnesday, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Ondo State, Hon. Banji Okunomo, displayed a letter written to the party by one of the supposed decampees, Mr. Segun Adagunodo, popularly known as Santana, who has denied the reported move.
Okunomo, while reading the letter of denial, quoted Adagunodo as “stating that he never at any time contemplated leaving the party, thus urging the general public to disregard the alleged move.
“My attention has been drawn to the list of some people mentioned to have defected from our great party, the PDP, to the APC where my name was listed as one of the defectors.
“I want to state that I have never thought of leaving the PDP and I will take appropriate steps to know how and why my name was smuggled into the purported list. I hereby promise my unflinching loyalty and support for the leadership of the PDP in Ondo State,” the letter read.
The publicity secretary also said that some members of the party whose names were also mentioned in the list have visited the party secretariat to refute the claim.
The PDP, while reacting to the claim earlier had said those who claimed to have defected from the PDP had since ceased to be members of the ruling party.
The party added that the game plan of “the members of the opposition who only waited till now to make their membership of the party public” was to act as spoilers within but failed to achieve their aim.
“The PDP in Ondo State today is free of disloyal elements who hitherto worked with the opposition from within.
“They have eventually decided to go where their hearts are and God has given us victory over the enemy”.
“With our mega status now, there is no doubt that we shall have a free day and we shall win the elections at all levels, including the local government election which shall hold soon after the general election,” the party assured.