Mimiko in dilemma, as Labour Party rejects his return
Uncertainty seems to becloud the political future of former governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, as his former party, Labour Party (LP), rejected his advances to return to the party.
On Wednesday, Mimiko resigned his membership from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) – a party he joined in the twilight of the 2015 general election.
Soon after he announced his decision to leave the PDP, perceptions are rife that Mimiko will return to LP.
But addressing newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, the National Chairman of LP, Dr. Mike Omotosho, said Mimiko’s return doesn’t mean well for the party because he is planning to destabilize the current gains being made by workers to reclaim and reposition the party.
“It is very obvious that the sole purpose of Mimiko’s re-approach to Labour Party is to use the workers’ party to launder his sagging political image,” he noted.
Omotosho, who said Mimiko abandoned the party at a crucial period, wondered why the party would embrace such “Such a treachery and betrayal of a party that gave the former Governor succour in the darkest hour of his political career, especially, as it manifests in his two term victory on the ticket of Labour Party is to say the least, cheap and callous.
“It also revealed paucity of knowledge of the philosophy of the Labour Party as a people rooted party and dearth of class consciousness on his part,” he added.
The LP chief said that the leadership would continue to work to rebuild the Labour Party, especially through the instrumentality of the Political Commission.
He, however, urged all workers and indeed genuine lovers of popular democracy to ignore the political theatrics of people like the former Governor of Ondo state.
“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,” he said.
Asked whether the party fielded a candidate in the Ekiti state governorship election, Omotosho said LP has no candidate in the election, saying anyone posing as the candidate of the party for the election is an impostor.
“In the same vein, the Labour Party wishes to categorically disown and condemn recent posturing and proclamations by some ‘politicians in Ekiti State,” he said.
“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, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State.
“lNEC, workers and the Ekiti electorate should not allow themselves to be hoodwinked by the antics of political impostors,” Omotosho stressed.