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2011: I ‘ll not impose candidates, says Mimiko

By Dayo Johnson
AHEAD of next year’s election, the Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko Wednesday assured that the party primaries of the Labour Party, LP, would be transparent and devoid of any imposition of candidate.

Mimiko who spoke in Akure at the 8th NEC meeting of the LP said internal democracy would not be sabotaged.

According to him, “let me assure our teeming members in this state that the primary to be conducted in the party ahead of next year’s election would be transparently conducted.

“I do not have any favoured candidate, all the candidates are my candidates and I have not endorsed anybody for any elective position ahead of next year’s election.

“l fought internal democracy while I was in Alliance for Democracy, I fought it when I was in Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, so why should I now sabotage that exercise. Let all the aspirants be ready to prove themselves at the party primaries.

“The popular candidate would emerge without any party leader imposing unpopular candidate in the coming election in the party in the state.”

Mimiko, however, assured that the Labour Party would win next year’s election with a landslide victory.

He advised the NLC to stand up behind popular candidate in the next election instead of allowing mediocrities to hold on to the reigns of power in the country.

For any change to be effected, the governor called on the progressives to contest election and should shed the idea of “siddon and look” which according to him, is retrogressive to the nation’s development.

The NLC President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar warned that the Union would not tolerate rigging or elections characterized by fraud next year.

According to him, “we wish to state that Nigerian workers are prepared to defend free and credible elections in 2011. Our movement will engage in actions such as this country has never seen in its history should the 2011 elections be rigged or characterize by fraud.

“We will no longer tolerate rigging and imposition of fraudsters on the people as leaders. We will no longer tolerate the image as a country that conducts the worst elections in the world.”

The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Dan Nwanyanwu said the NEC meeting was to discus next year’s election, adding that the party would not subscribe to imposition of candidates nationwide.

Nwanyanwu who explained why the Labour Party did not join the Mega Party said it  did not want to lose its identity and that it did not believe in the formation of a Mega Party.

The Chairman, however, does not foreclose forming an alliance with any political party that have same ideology with it and believe in change.

Speaking at the event, the former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose called for the collective responsibility of Nigerians to move the nation forward.

Fayose said that the Labour Party would prove cynics wrong across the country in next year’s election

The State Chairman of Labour Party in the State Dr Olaiya Oni praised the achievement so far recorded in the state by the ruling Labour Party government saying the people of the state have not seen “anything yet” .


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