- The leadership of the Labour Party (LP) are in celebratory mood at the moment
- This is due to the return of one of its erstwhile leaders back to the party's fold
- They are optimistic that the former governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, return to the party would add greater value to their political aspirations
The national chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, has said the return of former governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, to the party would add greater value to their political aspirations.
Abdulsalam, in his speech at the event marking Mimiko's official return to the party, said the LP is elated that a social democrat like Mimiko, who through his sterling performances as governor mainstreamed pro-people and pro-poor policies, programmes and projects, is returning to add value to the party.
His words: “His people’s oriented programmes in health, education, housing, rural development, urban renewal, youth and women empowerment attest to the value inherent in his return to the party. In him, we have an example of what power could be used to achieve on the side of the people.”
Abdulsalam further stated that “our hope and confidence is rekindled by his (Mimiko's) return to the party to be part of the renaissance of the party and Nigeria. I assure him of our support and commitment at all times.”
He also addressed the issue of political power which he said should not be an end but a vehicle for the transformation of the country and that the party is positioned to ensure national cohesion, peace, security, stability and prosperity for all.
Also speaking at the event, Mimiko said his return to the LP was based on the conviction that the party offers Nigerians a better platform for a truly ideologically driven alternative to reposition Nigeria.
Mimiko, who was speaking while addressing the crowd gathered at his official return to the Labour Party, in Ondo town, on Thursday, June 14, said the decision to leave the LP in 2014 was not borne out of any disagreement with LP, either ideologically or operationally, neither was there any personal gain in focus in moving over to PDP at that time.
“It is our hope moving forward, that working within LP, and hand-in-hand with other Nigerians of like minds, we would begin to sharpen the ideological divide in Nigerian politics, with a view to mainstreaming the welfare and interest of the mass of our people.
“Our formation considers it perhaps more important to have a platform with which we can begin to sensitize the Nigerian people to the requisite ideological clarity without which governance in the country will continue to operate at the mundane level – serving only the interest of the few, while marginalizing that of the many,” he said.
He also stated his conviction that the LP would provide Nigerians with real alternatives and help the electorate in making informed decisions as to which individual or platform to invest with power; and how to hold such to account at all times.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had received a letter of resignation from Dr Mimiko in a letter addressed to the party's state leadership on Wednesday, June 13.
“I hereby with utmost humility, inform you of my decision to resign my membership of the PDP with effect from today, June 13, 2018, for some well-thought-out personal reasons.
“It was an honour working with the many prominent Nigerians with whom I shared the PDP platform for the entire period I was in there as a member. Accept, please, the assurance of my very high regards,” part of the letter read.
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