Mimiko Re­signs from PDP, Re­turns to LP

LP re­jects for­mer gov­er­nor’s re­turn bid

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA -

James Sowole Paul Obi

The for­mer gov­er­nor left the LP on Oc­to­ber 2014 in prepara­tory to the 2014 gen­eral elec­tion.

In the res­ig­na­tion let­ter, Mimiko said he was re­sign­ing due to per­sonal rea­son.

“I hereby with ut­most hu­mil­ity in­form you of my de­ci­sion to re­sign my mem­ber­ship of the PDP with ef­fect from June 13, 2018, for some well thought-out per­sonal rea­sons.

“It was an hon­our work­ing with many prom­i­nent Nige­ri­ans with whom I shared the PDP plat­form for the en­tire pe­riod I was there as a mem­ber.

“Ac­cept please, the as­sur­ance of my very high re­gards,” Mimiko said.

The for­mal re­turn of Mimiko to LP would take place to­day at Ward 7, Ondo West Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Ondo Town while he would ad­dress some of his sup­port­ers at the Ondo Civic Cen­tre.

How­ever, fol­low­ing a new devel­op­ment, the LP yes­ter­day said it would re­ject any at­tempt by Mimiko to re­turn to the party.

Speak­ing with jour­nal­ists at Labour House in Abuja, the Na­tional Chair­man of the party, Mike Omo­to­sho, ex­plained that given the for­mer gov­er­nor’s po­lit­i­cal an­tecedents, there would be no room to ac­com­mo­date him in the party.

Ac­cord­ing to him, “It has come to our knowl­edge the moves by the im­me­di­ate past Gov­er­nor of Ondo State, Mimiko, to re­turn to the Labour Party. Nige­rian work­ers wish to put a dis­claimer to this ill-fated ad­ven­ture.

“The Nige­rian Labour Congress ( NLC) 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 LP is to use the work­ers’ party to laun­der his sag­ging po­lit­i­cal im­age.”

Omo­to­sho stressed that Mimiko aban­doned the LP for PDP a few days to LP’s Oc­to­ber 2015 Na­tional Con­ven­tion, say­ing such a “treach­ery and be­trayal of a party that gave the for­mer gov­er­nor suc­cour 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.’’

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