Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, a former governor of Ondo State, has sent his letter of resignation to the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state as he has concluded arrangement to go back to his former party, the Labour Party (LP).
In a letter addressed to the state leadership of the PDP on Wednesday, Mimiko said his decision to leave the party was due to personal reasons.
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.
Meanwhile, the organised labour under the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the LP on Wednesday said they will reject attempt by Mimiko to return to the Labour Party.
Speaking with pressmen at Labour House, Abuja, the National Chairman of Labour Party, Dr Mike Omotosho explained that given the former governor’s political antecedents, there would be no room to accommodate Mimiko in the party.
He said: “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 Nigerian Labour Congress 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 Labour Party is to use the workers’ party to launder his sagging political image.”
Omotosho stressed that “Nigerians would recall that Mimiko abandoned the Labour Party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 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 manifest in his two term victory on the ticket of the 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’s rooted party and dearth of class consciousness on his part.
“While the leadership of NLC contnues to work to rebuild the Labour Party especially through the instrumentality of our political commission, we urge all workers and indeed genuine lovers of popular democracy to ignore the political theatrics of people like the former Governor of Ondo State.”