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Mimiko Denies Leaving Labour Party For PDP

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IMAGE: Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Ondo State Governor »


The Ondo State Governor and national leader of the Labour Party (LP), Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, yesterday refuted reports that he had left his party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), insisting that he remained a member of the LP.
Mimiko, who was taken up on the issue by journalists at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party in Abuja, described the story about his defection to the PDP as a rumour.

“I don’t react to rumours.  I have not quit the LP. I am still a member of the party,” he said.

The National Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, went further to make case for the governor, saying he had never at any time informed the party’s  leadership that he has left the party.

“As I am talking to you, the governor of Ondo State is here with us at the meeting and as far as I am concerned, Mimiko is still a member of LP. All other talks about defections are nothing but mere rumours and we do not dwell on such. Governor has not announced that he is leaving the party and i did not say that I am joining him. I am still in the LP and I will lead my party to the next convention in October,” he stated.

However, the chairman did not rule out the possibility of moves towards a realignment as he described politics as a dynamic thing.

Nwanyanwu said he had decided to step down from his position to allow a new leadership to emerge during the next convention of the party fixed for October 4.
“This GAME is very dynamic, politics is very dynamic and changes can come any time, but for now, we believe that there is a lot to be done to lift the party to greater heights and all efforts will channell towards that direction,“ he said.

While explaining the outcome of the NEC meeting, Nwanyanwu said after its deliberations on issues, the party approved that its next convention, which will feature the election of new national executive of the party would be hosted in Akure.

According to him, the NEC in the light of the prevailing insecurity in the country, urged the federal government to do everything necessary to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

He said LP had asked President Goodluck Jonathan to mobilise all needed resources to sack Boko Haram from the country’s territory, adding that no part of the country should be occupied by the insurgents.

Yesterday’s meeting provided the opportunity for a reappraisal of  the partnership between the party, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Representatives of NLC, including its Vice-President, Mr. Isah Aremu and former TUC President, Mr. Peter Essele attended the NEC meeting.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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