Mayoress Olubukola Olayinka, the Deputy Chairman of the Labour Party in Oyo State, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and supported Atiku Abubakar as the PDP’s presidential candidate.
Olubukola, who declared her intention to dump the Labour Party on Tuesday, said Atiku would unify Nigeria along religion and ethnic tracks if elected.
Her word: “In the spirit of sincerity, love and progress, I wish to officially announce my exit from the Labour Party. I am not alone in this decision as other members who believe in my political mentorship are also on the same page on this noble course.
“In view of this, I and my people have decided to cease our memberships henceforth with immediate effect.
“After a wide range of consultation with my friends, political peers, associates, and leaders, I officially declare our intentions to join the Peoples Democratic Party and also embrace the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the unifier, in the much anticipated 2023 general elections.
“As a detribalised Nigerian, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, if elected president of Nigeria come 2023, will undoubtedly unify Nigeria along religion and ethnic tracks and give a facelift to our economy that’s currently in a precarious condition.
“We strongly believe that the security of lives and properties of all Nigerians will be better guaranteed under his leadership and government”, she added.
Olubukola said she left the LP because of an internal feud among the leadership in the state, stating that she advocates only for peace
“Undoubtedly, our withdrawal from Labour Party is the resultant effect of a protracted internal feud among the leadership of the party in Oyo State.
“As an advocate of peace, whose life is driven by unity of purpose, I have done all my best as the Deputy Chairperson of the Labour Party in Oyo State even in the face of sheer persecution. All I did went down the drain as some people in the party believed they’re more powerful than the political institution with their quisling mentality”, Olayinka concluded.