The immediate past Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has formally declared for the Labour Party (LP).
During the event which took place yesterday in his home town, Ondo city, the administrative headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of the state, the former Governor said he rejoined the Labour Party because of his optimism that the LP has the interest to restructure the country if given the mandate.
Mimiko used the occasion to emphasise the need for restructuring of the political system in the country, saying that the move is a crucial step towards advancing development across all sectors in the country.
The ceremony which begun at about 10:30 in the morning was carnival-like as it featured a procession from the residence of the former Governor, located along Ondo/Akure highway and terminated at the Oba Adesanoye civic centre in the town.
Mimiko thanked members of the Labour Party, especially the National Officers for receiving him back to the party, while announcing his return back to the party amidst jubilations.
He was accompanied by his former aides, comissioners, chairmen of boards and parastatals, former Secretary to the State Government, as well as former local government chairmen from Idanre, Akure, Ondo East and West local governments among others.
The former Governor had earlier registered in his political ward 7, in the local government where he was presented with the membership card of the party by the State chairman of the party, Mr. Wale Gbakinro.
His arrival at the venue of the celebration, sparked jubilations as the former Governor was welcomed by several chieftains of the party including the National Chairman, Hon. Abdukareem Abdusalam.
Receiving the former Governor to the party, Abdulsalam described the event as a good one and a landmark achievement in the history of the Labour Party.
The LP National Chairman described Dr. Mimiko as a good politician whose eight years tenure as the Executive Governor of Ondo State witnessed tremendous achievements.
He used the occasion to mention some of the good projects executed by Dr Mimiko while in office, especially in the areas of health and education, which he said had made the state to be one of the best in the comity of states within the federation.
The Labour Party chieftain used the ceremony to congratulate the former Governor and his kinsmen over their decisions to pitch their tents with the Labour Party.
The programme held amidst singing and dancing was attended by several followers and loyalists of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers ( NURTW) market women, members of the National Automobile Technology Association (NATA), students as well as members of the Commercial Motocylist Operators to mention a few.