Why Labour Party Leaders Frown At Mimiko's Return
The return of the former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, to his former Labour Party, has become a storm in a tea cup.
Mimiko who staged an elaborate return rally in his home town on Thursday appeared to have stepped on several sore toes in the party.
Both in Ondo State or at the National level, party leaders are not ready to shift ground in giving the former governor a soft landing in the party.
Rather than banking on his political experience to reposition the crumbling party, the leaders see his return as an attempt to destabilize the party.
This was the position of the Concerned Labour Party Group in Ondo State.
A statement by the chairman of the group, Alhaji Waheed Enilolobo, stated that the former governor is only interested in bulldozing his way to the party and destabilizing it.
"We are worried about the recent moves of Mimiko to destabilise our party.
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"What is ordinarily expected of him is to help reconcile Dr. Mike Omotosho and Abdulkadir Abdulsalam. Unfortunately, he has not done anything of such but merely interested in bulldozing his way into our party by all means.”
In the same vein, the organised Labour under the Nigeria Labour Congress, and the Labour Party on Wednesday said they will reject attempts by the Ex-Governor to return to the Labour Party.
This was made known by the National chairman of the party, Dr Mike Omotosho.
“The Nigerian Labour Congress is fully aware of plans by Mimiko to destabilise the current gains made by workers to reclaim and reposition the party. It is very obvious that the sole purpose of Mimiko’s re-approach to the Labour Party is to use the workers’ party to launder his sagging political image.”
Omotoso's position was rooted on the fact that Mimiko abandoned the Labour Party for the Peoples Democratic Party a few days to Labour Party’s October 2015 National Convention.
According to him, such a treachery and betrayal of a party that gave Mimiko succor in the darkest hour of his political career especially as manifest in his two-term victory on the ticket of the party, is to say the least, cheap and callous.
The former governor while addressing his teeming supporters said: "I have taken the decision out of the conviction on the need to catalyze a greater focus on the ideological content of the Nigerian political firmament."
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