Pastor Yele Omogunwa, who is the Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial district at the Upper Chambers, has attributed the leadership squabble currently fondling the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) coupled with his desire to impact positively the lives of his constituency, as reasons for dumping his former party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Omogunwa while addressing a press conference in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Tuesday, said he was convinced and believed that the development of the people should be given priority by any political leader saddled with responsibility to lead or represent his people, hence his decision to leave PDP.
The lawmaker who further expressed disappointment over the choice of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of his former party in the last governorship election, lamented that people from the northern and southern parts of the state have been shortchanged politically by the Dr. Olusegun Mimiko led administration in the state.
Omogunwa said, “For me, I found it a worthy adventure on the ground that virtually all the strategic projects that could transform the lives of the people of Ondo State South Senatorial District can only be successfully executed with the full cooperation and inputs of the Federal Government.”
While expressing disappointment over the loss of power by PDP in the 2015 election, he said, “Despite the sad and frustrating development as it was, some of us who found ourselves in that situation were ready to cope with it at least in the interest of the party.
“But suddenly crisis erupted in the party. The Party became so factionalised so much that the participation and even the success of the party at the gubernatorial election was severely threatened”
“I considered the implication of being in the opposition party in my home state and at Federal on my representative assignment at the Senate, on the lives of the people of my constituency, on the sociology economic transformation that is expected in the southern senatorial district
“The expectations of the people and their desire can only be realised on the stable platform that is strategically positioned for such assignment. This is what the APC has come to represent in this dispensation.”
“I foresee a better development with the incoming of the governor-elect. All the senators in Ondo State now APC, we can’t fight a cause and fail: the three of us will continue to do that not minding where we were representing”
The lawmaker assured his supporters that his new political status in the National Assembly, from the minority to the majority, will help to exploit the rich economic and financial potentials of the district like the seaport, bitumen, agriculture for the betterment of the people in the area and the State at large.
According to him, the incoming government of Akeredolu would surmount all challenges to make the state great when sworn in next year February.
He said, “In Ondo State, no matter the huge amount that will be inherited by the new government, Akeredolu will still come and perform. I know that he will draw a line, plan how to pay the outstanding debts; if it requires borrowing, borrow and move on.
“Lagos State is a heavy loaner, and its making it. Why not borrow from wherever you can get? If we are able to plug the revenue cart away that we know in this state; no matter the huge amount that the incoming government is going to inherit, Akeredolu will still perform excellently.
“By what I know about history, when there is a bad government and another government comes to take over, it will be better than the former; and that is what is going to happen.”