The Director-General of the Directorate of Technical Aid Corps, Dr. Pius Olakunle Osunyinkanmi, has described Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko‘s defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) about three years ago as a betrayal of progressive ideals.
This, Osunyinkanmi said, explained the reason why the progressive elements in the Labour Party did not follow Mimiko when he dumped the party on whose platform he was elected, for PDP.
In a chat with reporters in Abuja yesterday, the TAC DG said: “Technically speaking my press statement said we were resigning from PDP but the truth of the matter is that we were never authentic members of the PDP.
“This is because the governor only came to ditch the Labour Party in the Villa and you know the controversy that surrounded it then.
“As we speak today, nobody of the Labour Party extraction can claim to be a valid member of the PDP in Ondo State”.
Osunyinkanmi added: “The movement to the PDP was a movement that was meant to consolidate the emperor-like mentality that has suddenly become the hallmark of the LP leadership.
“This was a marked departure from progressive tendencies – and so quite a number of people were hoodwinked into joining the PDP in the desperate move to save the party from internal implosion”.
The TAC DG also spoke on his recent resignation from the PDP, saying he did not withdraw his membership of the party for any political interest, but because of Mimiko’s unfaithfulness to the progressive tenets and principles.
He stated that joining the All Progressives Congress (APC) was the right thing for any progressive to do, as it is natural for progressives to align.
Mr. Osunyinkanmi, however, said his latest action has not affected his friendship with the governor; stressing that his relationship with Mimiko was akin to that of father and son.
He pointed out that a relationship that spanned well over 24 years could not be wished away on the altar of political expediency.