Labour Party Rejects Mimiko’s Plan To Rejoin Party
Baring last minute plan by former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rejoin the Labour Party which he left in 2014, the party has rejected his announcement, describing it as “ill-fated adventure.”
National Chairman of Labour Party, Mike Omotosho, who addressed a news conference in Abuja, on Wednesday, noted that Mimiko planned to destabilise the gains being made by the workers to reclaim and reposition the Labour Party.
He described the ex-governor’s defection as an ill-fated adventure, adding that his intention was to “use the LP to launder his sagging political image.”
Recall that Mimiko had announced his resignation on Wednesday from the PDP, and sent his letter of resignation to the leadership of the PDP in Ondo State.
According to Omotosho, the Labour Party is an offspring of the working class family and was midwifed by the labour movement, stating that “political journey persons like the former governor of Ondo had in the past taken advantage of the leadership challenges in the Labour Party to satisfy their fantasies for political opportunism.”
“Such a treachery and betrayal of a party that gave the former governor succour in the darkest hour of his political career, especially as manifested in his two-term victory on the ticket of the Labour Party, is to say the least cheap and callous.
“It also revealed the paucity of knowledge of the philosophy of the Labour Party as a peoples’ rooted party and the dearth of class consciousness on his part,” Omotosho stated.
The chairman explained that the labour movement, in alliance with its civil society partners and other patriotic Nigerians, were poised to fully reclaim the Labour Party and restore it as a model political institution that does not only epitomise the values of the working class family but also capable of contesting for power “with members of a failed political class, with whom the former governor dines and wines.”