The Leadership of the labour Party,(LP) has berated the former governor of Ondo State,Dr Olusegun Mimiko over comments credited to him in the media on his defection to Zenith Labour Party.

Speaking through the Publicity and media office of the party,the leadership of the labour party frowns at the recent actions of the former governor, saying the party would not accept further comments that may give wrong impressions to the public.

The party also said, it expected the former governor to move without dragging labour party into any image battering as 2019 general election draw nearer and  that such  comment was not healthy for  the party which Mimiko rode on to become one of the most celebrated governors in Nigeria.

‘’We want to say emphatically that we are not happy with comments credited to the former governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko on his defection to Zenith Labour Party.What we expected from as a leader like him was to exit the party if there were genuine reasons for him to leave and avoid dragging us into unnecessary controversy. Labour party has always supported any agitation to better the welfare of Nigerian workers and will continue to protest the interest of the labour force in Nigeria.’’

It would be recalled that Mimiko joined the party in June, some months after his tenure expiration in office as governor under the national leadership of Alhaji A.A Salam who is recognised by Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), and was an active member of the party who also indicated interest to vie for the Presidential seat of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the platform of Labour Party.

‘’The party calls on Mimiko to tell us why he stayed in the party and made up his mind to contest for Presidency if there was crisis as speculated by him.And we also want to let him know that INEC only recognises Alhaji A.A Salam leadership of the party and his position on another person laying claim to the party leadership is not tenable.’’

The party hereby restates that there is no leadership crisis as speculated by Mimiko and there was  no plan to hijack the party by Adams Oshiomole’s leadership of the APC.
’’Our party under the leadership of A.A Salam  is set to come out victorious in the 2019 general elections and we are not deterred by his exit from the party, as that is a good radiance to bad rubbish, because we are equally up to the task.We wish him good luck in his continous political adventure.’’


A frontline Presidential Aspirant in the 2019 general election on the platform of the Labour Party, Alhaji Usman Zaki has emerged the candidate of the party in the scheduled 2019 presidential election.

Zaki who became the candidate through its Party  Presidential primary election held on Saturday October 6, at the National secretariat of the party with about 120 delegates in attendance from across the country.

The convention ratified his candidature through a voice vote following the earlier disqualification of other aspirants who did not meet the requirements of the party and were unable to present themselves for screening of the party.
Prior to the clarification, the Chairman of the committee, Comrade Adi Shirsha Adi, said the committee had undergone thorough screening  of the candidate who had met all requirements of the Labour party for such a sensitive position.

Moving the motion for the adoption of the candidate, Hon. Pat Udorji said, Alhaji Zaki was credible to lead the party to  victory come 2019 .

Zaki who was elated at the decision by delegates to elect him unopposed, said the occasion witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and NIPPS observers, that he was more committed to rescuing Nigeria from stranglehold of underdevelopment and economic backwardness.

He said he would pursue vigorously the mandate given to him by the party, promising to display it to unite Nigeria, create jobs and put smiles on the faces of the people if voted into power as the President of the federal republic of Nigeria.

Zaki also promised to priotise the welfare of workers and provide enabling environment for entrepreneurs in the country.

The Presidential Candidate also use the occasion to present his running mate,Chief Ezekiel Akpan to the delegates, observers and all other leaders of the party.
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