By Appolos Christian
Former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Although he has concluded arrangement to return to his former party, the Labour Party (LP), the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and LP leadership said he is not welcomed.
Mimiko, who joined the PDP in 2014 and later became the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, dumped the party following a disagreement between him and some national leaders of the party shortly after he left office in 2017.
In a letter he wrote to the state PDP on Wednesday, Mimiko said that his decision to leave the party was personal.
In the letter, he said: ”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,” he said.
In a swift reaction, NLC) and the Labour Party said that Mimiko should not return the LP.
The LP Chairman, Dr. Mike Omotosho, told journalists in Abuja that the party had no candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State.
He said that the LP got wind of Mimiko’s plan to return to the LP, which the party considers as destabilisation plot. Omotosho said that Mimiko’s action came after Nigerian workers had made sacrifices to reposition the LP.
According to Dr Omotosho, the Labour movement who are the owners of Labour Party had since reclaimed the party, and so people the likes Mimiko can go elsewhere for his political fantasies.
“It has come to our knowledge the moves by the immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to return to the Labour Party. Nigerian workers wish to put a disclaimer to this ill-fated adventure.
“The Nigeria Labour Congress is fully aware of plans by Dr. Mimiko to destabilise the current gains being made by workers to reclaim and reposition the Labour Party. It is very obvious that the sole purpose of Dr. Mimiko’s re-approach to the Labour Party is to use the party to launder his sagging political image,” he said.