The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected the presidential declaration by former Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko under the Labour Party, (LP).
Dr Mimiko had on Thursday declared his interest to run for Presidency under the platform of the LP.
He promised security, restructuring and youth empowerment as his top agenda.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba explained that the Labour Union is the registered owners of the party and will not allow Dr Mimiko to return to the party that provided the platform that saw him emerge as the Ondo State Governor in February 2009.
“It is not possible for Mimiko to run under the Labour Party and we want to say no to that. Mimiko has no business as a member of the Labour Party.
“The party is registered by the NLC and the Trade Union Congress, Market Women Association, students, we registered the party and the certificate of the party is with the NLC General Secretary.
Comrade Wabba, who was flanked by some members the party, insisted that the factional chairman of the party, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam is not the recognised chairman of the party.
“Therefore, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam cannot continue to function as the chairperson of the party
“That is for those who desire to contest various elective positions under the Labour Party through Salam, the former national chairman of the party.
“It would be recalled that he was removed at the special national convention of the party held on October 3, 2017″, Wabba insisted.
Mr Abdusalam while commending Dr Mimiko on his decision to join the Presidential race said Nigeria can restore its glory and reclaim its greatness if he is given the opportunity to lead.
Former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has declared his interest to run for Presidency in the 2019 general elections.
Mimiko who will be running under the platform of the Labour Party (LP) has promised security, restructuring and youth empowerment as his top agenda.
He made the announcement at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday while giving his declaration speech titled “Because We Care”.
He said, “I am running because, like many Nigerians, I am sick and tired of seeing our country become the butt of jokes everywhere you travel to around the world. I am running because I know we can do better, and we will do better.
“I know this because anywhere Nigerians find themselves, no matter the situation, we always rise above adversity. We don’t just survive, we thrive.
“It is high time we replicated in our country, that indomitable spirit of Nigerians, that spirit of accomplishment, which has made stars of individual Nigerians all over the world. The only way to do this is by electing capable hands. It is by electing a great president that can drive this national vehicle to greatness.
“It is indeed only in the context of a restructured system that the hope for a strong, stable and functional Nigeria lies”.
Mimiko further stated that the manifesto detailing his plan of action will be made public soon.
Before contesting as Governor of Ondo State in 2007, he had served as a Minister under the Obasanjo administration.
He was also the Secretary to the State Government and a two-time Commissioner for Health in the state.
While he was governor, he initiated the Abiye Safe Motherhood programme, which was aimed at reducing infant and mortality rate.
On his part, the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Abdulkadir Abdusalam, said Nigeria can restore its glory and reclaim its greatness if Mimiko is given the opportunity to lead.
He said he was confident in the ability and passion of the presidential hopeful to set new narratives for the country.
Abdulsalam said until Nigeria was able to provide basic amenities for the people, and take care of its population, the country cannot be called the giant of Africa.
Present at the declaration were: Peter Ojonugba Ameh who doubles as the Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council and Chairman Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Chairman of National Conscience Party, Tanko Yunusa and the Chairman Alliance of Social Democrats, Dr Emeka Okengwu.
A former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has supported the restructuring of the country as an end to various agitations for secession and hate speeches by different groups across the country.
He says the time is ripe for all the ethnic nationalities to come together and discuss on how the country should be administered for the interest of peace and unity.
Speaking to reporters in Kaduna after a closed door meeting with a former governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, Mimiko advocated for a restructuring of the country in a way that will result in the devolution of more power and resources to the states as against the current system that gives the Federal Government excess power.
According to the former Ondo state governor, restructuring and devolution of power to states will certainly not provide all the answers to Nigeria’s developmental challenges; but will douse the tension being generated by the agitations from various parts of the nation.
He also calls for the urgent review of the current revenue sharing formula in favour of the states and Local Governments as well as the establishment of state police across the country for enhanced security.
According to him, a situation where the Federal Government is now getting more money than the states and Local Governments should change to enable the states and local governments get more than what they are getting now to solve their peculiar socio-economic challenges.
On his part, Balarabe Musa stressed that after 100 years of amalgamation of Nigeria as a nation by the colonial masters, there is a need for the review of how the country has fared over these years in order to sustain its unity and progress.
He polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 150, 380 votes, while Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) followed with 126, 889 votes.
“What has happened in this election is quite beyond my personal expectations but then it is a case of saying we cannot limit God – I want to believe it is God-given victory to the people of Ondo state.
“What was beyond my imagination was the magnitude – the number of votes we scored vis-a-vis what two other contestants scored. I never believed that the margin would be that wide,” Akeredolu said.
Therefore, on the issue of probing the state’s accounts, the Governor-elect said that this is a venture he would not embark upon.
“I don’t believe in probes. What I believe in is that I’ve been given a mandate to govern the state and when I come into office I will face the task.
“The past is the past and I am one person who believes that government is a continuum,” he said.
Mr Akeredolu went into the election without the support of some key members of the his party and this further made his victory a surprise for many.
He, however, maintained that the support of the party is more important than individuals’ in an election.
“I believe that the party included everybody. So, the party gave us support and whether we like it or not, that will be larger than what an individual can give.
“If you have a national party behind you, it is larger than what any individual can give. So I believe that whatever individuals have done, they must have done through the party.”
Mr Rotimi Akeredolu promised during his campaign to bring back the industries in the states and he provided an explanation of how he intends to achieve this.
“I used the word revamp when I was talking about the educational infrastructures and co, but when it comes to the issue of industries, I have argued during my campaign that people use the word wrongly.
“They say to us some industries are moribund (but) most of these industries are dead. So, its not easy to wake up a dead person and just like an industry, you cannot wake them up.
“The important thing is that industrialization is important to us and we are going to have to get as many people as are interested.
“We have the sand for glass industry in the south. It is not necessary we have to go back to Oluwa Industry, the furnace there is already old and the technology there is no longer in use.
“So all we need is to have people come. We will provide the enabling environment for them and they can start another one. It might be in the same premises.
“We have industry on ceramics in Ifon. We are thinking about what we have on cement and I know that in the next few weeks, many more will come.”
He said that foreign investors have been approaching him to invest in the state even before the election and he was sure that with an enabling environment a lot of development would be achieved in Ondo state.
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the Governor-Elect of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, over his victory in the governorship election in the state, describing him as the best choice for the state.
Saraki, in a statement by his media aide, said Akeredolu’s victory did not come to him as surprise going by his excellent credentials and years of preparedness for the business of governance.
He urged the Governor-elect to be magnanimous in victory by ensuring that he works with all relevant stakeholders in the arduous task of moving the Sunshine State to the next level.
He specifically urged Akeredolu to fully deploy his wealth of experience in private legal practice in running the affairs of the state.
He lauded the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful conduct of the elections and thanked the people of Ondo State for voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the elections.
“The people of Ondo have made a clear choice by voting for the APC. I can only assure the good people of Ondo that the APC and its flagbearer have all it takes to wipe away your tears and provide you the dividends of democracy that have hitherto eluded you.
“With Akeredolu on the saddle of governance, I have no doubt that the state will soon witness unparalleled development both socially, economically and politically.
“Ondo could not have made a better choice than Akeredolu. Welcome on board,” he stated.
In a statement on Monday, the opposition party said its attention had been drawn to “another set of garbage and tissues of lies put together by the discredited loyalists of Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff in the name of a press statement”.
The party stated that the ‘group’, which it described as non-PDP members, had in the statement tried to sustain it’s illegal claim to the leadership of the Party, but insisted that it would not leave them to continue to deceive Nigerians.
The party’s division became obvious when the former chairman of the party Ali Modu Sheriff was removed at a convention in Port Harcourt.
After that convention, the embattled leader secured several court orders that further scuttled unity in the party.
The extent of the division was further seen when the party produced two different candidates for the Edo State and Ondo State governorship elections.
In the latest election in Ondo, the party lost to the All Progressives Congress, a defeat that had been largely attributed to the division in the party.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has sent his congratulatory message to the Governor-Elect, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
Mimiko in a statement signed on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, said “it behoves of him as the Governor of Ondo State to congratulate the Governor-elect, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, (SAN), and wish him success in the challenging task of governing our dear State.”
The Ondo Governor said “it is incumbent upon me as governor, to facilitate a smooth transition between my government and the incoming one.
“I will, to this end, provide the ambience for a smooth and seamless transition process,” he said.
While promising to continue to provide leadership to the state till the takeover date, Mimiko expressed his appreciation to the people of the state.
He said “I use this medium to express my sincere appreciation to all our citizens for the very peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the election period.
“I will not waiver in providing needed leadership to our dear State till the last day of my term,” he promised.
He enjoined residents to strive to sustain the peace enjoyed in the state for the past seven years, promising to speak with them as occasion demands as his “eight year tenure inches to an end.”
Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, in a congratulatory message, also described the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, as “a huge win“.
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has advised government workers in the state to look inwards into other areas they can get additional sources of income, to cushion the effect of the economic downturn in Nigeria.
The Governor made this appeal while addressing the gathering of state government and political office holders during the prayer session on the first work day of the year.
The well attended gathering was held at the open space of the premises of the Governor’s office in Akure, the State Capital.
Mimiko reiterated that there would be no retrenchment of workers in the state, despite the poor economy of the nation, which has made prompt payment of salaries difficult.
Pastor Tunde Adesida led special prayers for the government, workers and residents of the state, to mark the New Year.
Labour leaders in the state promised to be more committed to their duties. They urged the government to look into other areas of generating revenue internally rather than depending on the monthly allocation from the Federal Government.
President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed shocks over the sad news of the untimely death of the Vice Chairman of the Sun Newspapers, Mr Dimgba Igwe, who died in the early hours of Saturday.
Mr Igwe, a veteran Nigerian journalist and media administrator, was killed by a hit-and-run driver near his residence in the Okota area of Lagos, Lagos State.
He was 58 years old.
President Jonathan expressed his family and the Federal Government’s condolence to the publishers of the Sun newspapers, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, and all friends and associates of Mr Igwe.
He believes that the late Mr Igwe will always be remembered as a hard-working and dependable professional, who, through his various writings as columnist, author and public speaker, demonstrated a special ability to convey the truth and his convictions in lucid, compelling prose, and in a style that was shorn of cant and foppery.
The President enjoined Mr Igwe’s family, friends and associates to be consoled by the knowledge that he put his God-given abilities to the best possible use in a very purposeful life that was wholly devoted to the defence of truth and the public interest, as well as the promotion of the highest standards of his chosen profession of journalism.
President Jonathan prayed that God Almighty would grant them the fortitude to bear the loss of the very forthright journalist and media administrator, and also grant his soul, peaceful repose.
In a condolence message to the publishers of The Sun Newspapers and the family of Late Mr Igwe, the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, described his death as a sad loss to journalism and the literary world.
Describing the late Dimgba Igwe as a trailblazer, who along with his age long friend and partner Mike Awoyinfa, pioneered a refreshing brand of newspapering with the Weekend Concord, the Governor recalled the vibrancy which late Mr Igwe brought into journalism with his inimitable writing style and comments on contemporary issues as well as the stimulating biographies which he has authored.
According to the Governor, he had the opportunity to further observe the departed Igwe as a perceptive professional on the occasions he met with him and his colleague, in the course of an ongoing book project.
In Ogun State, the State Governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, expressed deep shock at the news of the demise of Mr Igwe.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun said he was saddened by the news of the sudden death of the veteran journalist, describing it as a big loss to journalism in particular and the media industry in general.
“Dimgba Igwe was a cerebral and fearless Journalist, prolific writer and renowned media administrator, who was well respected in his profession. I recall the last time I saw him and Mike Awoyinfa, when they came to interview me. I feel so sad that such a thoroughbred journalist, who still had so much to give to the journalism profession and indeed the development of our country died in his prime,” the governor said.
The Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko said the demise of Mr Igwe, robbed the journalism profession of a great intellectual and one of the finest brains of the profession.
Mimiko, in his condolence message to Igwe’s family, the media and the Sun newspapers, made available by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, described the late Igwe as a rare breed among his peers and one of those who raised the bar of journalism profession in Nigeria.
The Ondo governor said “the late Igwe was a rare breed among his peers and one of those who raised the bar of journalism profession in Nigeria”.
Mimiko expressed his government’s and the good people of Ondo state’s condolence to Igwe’s family, his associates, the media, and the Sun newspapers on the unfortunate loss.
He prayed for the repose of his soul and for the strength of the Lord for his family, friends and professional colleagues.
A delegation from the Presidency has paid a condolence visit on Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State on the death of former Governor Olusegun Agagu and the crash in Lagos of the plane conveying his remains to Akure for burial rites.
The Associated Airline plane crash killed 15 out of the 20 passengers and crew members on board, including 4 Ondo State Officials. Among them was the ex- Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Deji Falae.
The federal government delegation was led by the Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke.
Others are: the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson; Director General of Technical Aid Corps, Dr. Pius Osunyikanmi; both of whom are indigenes of Ondo State, and the Director of Culture at the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr. George Ufot.
The Minister for Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke stated that the delegation was in Ondo State to convey the sympathy of the President and all Nigerians to the government and the entire people of Ondo State on the death of Dr Agagu and Mr Falae and others who died in the plane crash.
Governor Mimiko in his response expressed regret over the incident, adding that, Dr. Agagu and Mr Falae will be missed, owing to their immense contributions to the development of Ondo State and Nigeria.
He however added that the people keep solace in the decision of President Jonathan to investigate the cause of the crash and ensure safety in Nigeria’s airspace.
The Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has declared 3 days of prayers and fasting in the State on the crash of the aircraft conveying the remains of the former governor of the State, Dr Olusegun Agagu in Lagos on Thursday.
Expressing his sadness over the event in a state wide broadcast, Governor Mimiko lamented that the turn of events altered the original plan for the burial of late Agagu, and also caused additional losses to the State as four officials of the state and some other eminent Nigerians lost their lives in the crash.
He mentioned the names of the State officials as: Mr Deji Falae, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism; Mr Bennard Daji, Government House and Protocol Officer; Mrs Esther Alabi, State Liason Officer, Lagos; and Mr Deji Afolabi, Protocol Officer, State Liason Office, Lagos.
Mimiko said their death was a collosal loss to the State and commiserated with the bereaved families.
He declared 3 days of fasting and prayers and called on the people of the State to reflect on the sad incident and equally ask God for mercy over the State.
The Governor said a high powered delegation had been dispatched to convey condolences to the bereaved families.
He prayed that their souls rest in perfect peace and Gods protection and guidance for the people of the State and those in the diaspora.
“Nigerians are not getting the best of politicians and political leaders as the mind-sets of those in positions and those seeking positions is not to serve but to become power mongers.”
These were the words of a legal practitioner, Jiti Ogunye, who discussed Nigerian politics, the emergence of new parties, deregistration and mergers of political parties, on ‘Sunrise Daily.’
Describing the political atmosphere as a game of Chess, he said “They are not giving Nigerians; a lot of options, I think what’s going are just ‘political calculation’, Chess game and this is not the first time it’s happening”
The legal practitioner hinted that the politics that our leaders and office seekers play is not in the interest of making Nigeria better but for their selfish interests and in order to achieve this, they gallivant amongst the political parties in the country seeking a suitable platform where they achieve their aims, making it a ‘do or die’ affair to man political offices.
“What’s paramount on the minds of many politicians in Nigeria is not service, they’re power mongers, and sometimes I wonder whether some marabouts or some spiritualists or pastors had told them they will be president in their lifetime or they will be governor”
“What they do is that they run across parties just hunting for platform,” he added.
Mr. Jiti cited the Ondo governor, Olusegun Mimiko who moved from AD (Action for Democracy) to PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) then LP (Labour Party) where he contested for the governorship position, then Ogun governor Ibikunle Amosun who move from PDP to ANPP and now ACN where he also became a governor as in instance of cross-carpeting.
He however juxtaposed the recent political scenario with the days of Action Group (AG) where according to him Rewane was a member for a long time and never sought political office.