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Saturday , 23 June 2018

Mimiko resigns from PDP, rejected by Labour party

A former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has sent his letter of resignation to the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state as he has concluded arrangement to go back to his former party,  the Labour Party.

It was gathered that the former governor, 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 as the governor in 2017.

In a letter addressed to the state leadership of the PDP on Wednesday, Mimiko said his decision to leave the party was personal to him.

The letter read in part, ” 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.”

It was learnt that Mimiko would be joining the Labour Party he left in 2014, today in his hometown, Ondo, but without many of his aides who have remained in the PDP.

But Mimiko’s move to rejoin the Labour Party has been rebuffed.
The National Chairman of the party, Dr. Mike Omotosho, made this known while addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
Omotosho also said the party has no candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti state.
According to him, the NLC is fully aware of plans by Mimiko to destabilize the current gains being made by workers to reclaim and reposition the Labour Party.
He said: “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.
“Nigerians would recall that Mimiko abandoned the Labour Party for the Peoples Democratic Party a few days to Labour Party’s October 2015 National Convention.
“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.”

However, the State Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Clement Faboyede said Mimiko’s exit from the party would not have any negative impact on the party, saying the party was waxing stronger on a daily basis.

“Mimiko is a human being,  he has the right to his opinion, we have tried at all levels to discourage him but he insisted on leaving. One thing I know is that PDP will not die as he (Mimiko) leaves.  We have survived many turbulent times in the past, so if he goes it cannot affect us negatively,” Faboyede declared.

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