- Ondo state ex-governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has dumped the Labour Party
- The former governor defected to the Zenith Labour Party ahead of the 2019 general elections
- Mimiko's spokesman, Eni Akinsola, confirmed his principal's defection
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, ex-governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, has defect from the Labour Party to the Zenith Labour Party.
His defection was confirmed by his spokesman, Eni Akinsola, who said the former governor has joined the ZLP, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the former governor was said to be bothered by the “subtle hijack” of LP by the All Progressives Congress’ national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, using the Nigeria Labour Congress leadership.
Akinsola said: “Yes, he has left the Labour Party. Yesterday, he consulted with all his political structures across the state, and he updated them with fact, with what has been happening since he went to LP.
“On the day he declared for the presidency, the NLC chairman said he was not wanted, one Omotosho claiming to be factional chairman of the Labour Party too claimed he was not welcome.
“Like they say, once beaten, twice shy. Issues in PDP about who was the chairman then, who was not, made us lose Ondo state in 2016, nothing else. I tell you now if we had time and opportunity to campaign like every other party, we would have won Ondo state but that is gone anyway.
“The issue now is that Dr Mimiko is not ready to expose himself and his followers to such kind of things again. This same Omotosho went to Ilorin, Kwara state and promised to deliver 16 million votes to Buhari.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) received a letter of resignation from a former governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.
Mimiko resigned from the PDP, as he concluded arrangements to return to his former party, the Labour Party (LP).
The former governor’s action came following a disagreement which ensued between him and some PDP national leaders, shortly after he left office as governor in 2017.
Mimiko, in a letter addressed to the PDP’s state leadership on Wednesday, June 13, explained that the decision to leave the party was a personal one.
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