Less than 48 hours to the general election, Ondo State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi yesterday dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressive Congress (APC)
Olanusi, who is from Supare in Akoko South West Local Government area of Ondo State said in a statement through his chief press secretary, Daisi Ajayi that he took the decision in other to chart a new course for majority of his followers in the state and in order to move to a party where he can find justice.
“In the unfolding political development in our country today, and in Ondo State in particular, it is increasingly clear that I need to chart a new course for majority of my followers who look up to me for direction and leadership and who have watched helplessly in the last six years the untold marginalisation and total exclusion from the government they laboured to put in place.
“While still the democratically elected Deputy Governor of Ondo State, I have decided to lead my teeming supporters and well wishers in the state into the All Progressive Congress (APC) where we can find justice, fairness, equity and democratic liberty- a party to which majority of our kith and kins in Yorubaland belong.
“I have taken this decision at this critical time, in the best interest of peace, stability and good governance of our dear State and for the overall development of the South West and the nation,” he stated.
APC chairman in the State, Barrister Isaac Kekemeke however described the defection as a welcome development.
The Deputy Governor was elected alongside Dr Olusegun Mimiko on the platform of the Labour Party(LP) in 2007 election but did not take over until 2009 after an Appeal court judgement.