By Olasunkanmi AKONI
Ahead of the forthcoming 2011 general poll, the Labour Party, LP, recently held its National Executive Council meeting in Ondo state where it decided to extend its frontiers beyond Ondo State, at least to contribute to national development as a national party.
To achieve this target, the party disclosed that there was the need to massively increase its membership and position credible candidates for the forth coming elections.
At the partyâ€™s NEC meeting in Akure, Ondo State recently, two delegates each from 35 states and Abuja attended with the host state having representatives from all the local government areas, showing the depth of commitment of party members to strengthen democracy, promote good governance and advance the common good of the people.
The organised labour sector was massively represented by the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC.
The host governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, remarked thatÂ as the largest controller of workers in the organised labour sector, the NLC and TUC turning out to the meeting in large numbers indicates the readiness of the party to fight a common cause.
Mimiko challenged the organised labour sector, which he said had always being in the fore front of the struggle of enthronement of democracy in the country, but would leave the stage for charlatans to take over leadership position have now decided to take their destinies in their hands and not leaving it in the hands of charlatans.
He expressed believe that if the NLC, TUC and others joined forces with the LP like it should, the LP would be the greatest party in Nigeria.
â€œWe are therefore challenging the organised Labour unions, the progressives to come out to occupy sensitive political positions using the instrumentality of the LP to change this country.â€ he said.
The host governor also noted that the LP though a growing party but would continue to attract leadership from the grassroots level, saying,Â â€œour party has grown to the level in our state that people now believe that if you have the LP ticket, it is an assurance that you would win the election.â€ Mimiko stressed.
While appreciating the support of the state chapters of the organised labour unions in helping to stabilise the party in the state, Mimiko expressed optimism that the LP would gradually spread to other states of the federation but was not in a hurry to produce the president of the country because the party would first want to prove to Nigerians that the party is different from others before presenting a candidate to the highest office in the country.
However, he did not rule out seizing the opportunity if eventually the position comes to LP as it would gladly grabbed it with both hands.