Barely 48 hours to the general election, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Giving reasons for his decision through a statement made available to journalists, Olanusi said: “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 (6) years, the untold marginalisation and total exclusion from the government they laboured to put in place.
“While still being in place as 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 Progressives 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’” the statement read.
His defection is coming on the heels of a recent defection involving the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Tele Ikuru from the APC to the PDP.
Olanusi, who is an indigene of Supare in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the State, became the Deputy Governor of the State in 2009 under the platform of Labour Party before he defected alongside the State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, to the PDP in October, 2014.
Recall that there had been no love lost between Governor Olusegun Mimiko and his deputy and there had been threats to impeach Olanusi from members of the State House of Assembly last year.