…He’s planning to destabilize party – NLC
…We don’t have candidate for Ekiti guber – Party
Immediate past governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko’s move to return to the
Labour Party was yesterday stalled by both the leadership of the party and the
Addressing newsmen yesterday, the Chairman of the party, Dr. Mike Omotosho in
company of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, leadership led by its President,
Ayuba Wabba said it was fully aware of Mimiko’s plan to destabilize the gains
recorded so far to reclaim and reposition the party.
“It is very obvious that the sole purpose of Dr. Mimiko’s re-approach to the
Labour Party is to use the workers’ party to launder his sagging image” said
Recall, Mimiko decamped from the Labour Party for the Peoples Democratic Party
a few days to Labour Party’s October 2015 National Convention.
Speaking further, Omotosho said such a treachery and betrayal of a party that
gave the former governor succor in the darkest hour of his political career
especially as manifest in his two term victory on the ticket of Labour Party is to
say the least, cheap and callous.
He said this reveals “paucity of knowledge of the philosophy of the Labour Party
as a peoples’ rooted party and dearth of class consciousness on his part.
“There is no doubt that the political journey persons like the former governor of
Ondo had in the past taken advantage of the leadership challenges in the party to
satisfy their fantasies for political opportunism.”
While describing the party as an offspring of the working class family midwifed by
the labour movement, he stressed that the party was founded on the cornerstone
of ideological clarity and class consciousness to promote and defend the political
cum socio-economic interest of the working people.
Reiterating the party’s commitment to fully reclaim the party and restore it as a
model political institution that does not only epitomize the values of the working
class but also capable of contesting for power with members of a failed political
class, Omotosho urged all workers and indeed genuine lovers of popular
democracy to ignore the political theatrics of people like Dr. Mimiko.
“He has shown Nigerian workers that he cannot be trusted. The Labour party is no
longer a transit bus to strange political destinations particularly under the
subterfuge of people like him.
“In the same vein, the Nigeria Labour Congress wishes to categorically disown and
condemn recent posturing and proclamations by some politicians in Ekiti state
that they are the candidates of the Labour party in the forthcoming governorship
elections in Ekiti state.
“The Labour Party has no candidate in the July 14, governorship election in Ekiti
state. INEC, workers and the Ekiti electorates should not allow themselves to be
hoodwinked by the antics of political impostors.
“Furthermore, all political aspirants in the Labour Party are requested to deal with
the Screening Committee of the party. On no account should anyone engage in
any form of financial transaction on issues related with the Labour Party with A.
A. Salam and Julius Abure.
“We urge politicians like the former governor of Ondo state to stay clear of the
new Labour Party in the direction of other political parties with the hope of
rehabilitating their dwindling political relevance”