Akure, the Ondo State capital, yesterday stood still for the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the party formally received four close allies of Governor Olusegun Mimiko and their supporters.
For hours, vehicular and human movements were halted on the popular Oba Adesida Road.
The defectors include Senator Ayo Akinyelure (a.k.a All Over); Technical Aid Corps Director- General Pius Osunyikanmi; Mrs. Cecilia Ifayase and a former Speaker of the State Assembly, Kenneth Olawale.
Their supporters, decked in various attires and vests, were in ecstasy as they welcomed their leaders into the APC.
Addressing the mammoth crowd, Akinyelure said they have come into the APC with machineries that will win elections.
Akinyelure, however, appealed to the party leaders not to see them differently.
He said they have always threaded the path of progressivism, adding that they decided to part way with Mimiko because he has left the ways of the progressives.
Osunyikanmi, a long time close associate of the governor, described Mimiko as a governor without integrity.
His words: “He is a governor who has failed our people. He is a man who I have served for years but he has consistently broken his promises.
“I commend former Deputy Governor Ali Olanusi because he refused to be bought and he has never supported illegalities.
“Former Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko Prof Femi Mimiko is the governor’s wfe. They stole our common wealth in Akungba. The Wealth Creation Agency is headed by Bolanle Olafunmiloye, who is a member of the Mimiko family. They said we are rearing 5000 cows, have you seen any cow in the town?
“They went to hire a fake professor to claim that we have the best medical facilities in Ondo State, we are all living witness, go to the General Hospital Akure. This is a 419 government.