By Emeka Mamah
LAGOS—A member of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the Labour Party, LP, Mr. Issa Aremu, has expressed dismay over Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s role in connection with the disputed Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF.
The election was won by Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State.
He said: “As a member of the NEC of the LP, I am constrained to call on Governor Mimiko to urgently return to the path of social democracy which is the proclaimed ideology of the LP and stop his current unacceptable open patronage of anti-democratic forces within the NGF.
‘’Members of the LP and labour movement (which formed the party) have been grossly embarrassed with the recent role of Governor Mimiko in the election of the Forum’s chairman and its eventual denationalisation.
“Social democracy is the official ideology of the LP. It among others, asserts that the only acceptable constitutional form of government is representative democracy under the rule of law, the bedrock of which is one person one vote. It is an open globally acknowledged democratic fact that Governor Rotimi Amaechi won the NGF election. Labour Party members are therefore shocked that Governor Mimiko (who just emerged from a similar free and fair election based on secret ballot) would be party to an unacceptable disputation of a simple majority election by 36 governors. LP’s Governor, Governor Mimiko must urgently refill his democratic account which has suffered huge deficit by his uncritical association with governors who are no respecter of electoral outcomes.
NGF is a pan-Nigerian forum. Any attempt to undermine the Forum through anti-democratic posturing, further disunites the federation at this critical period of national security challenges.
Labour Party cannot and should not be enlisted on the side of reactionary personality conflict that unnecessarily atomises the nation. The LP is expected as a progressive party to constructively encourage President Goodluck Jonathan to act at all times as a statesman who should be above partisanship, looking at the bigger picture of the nation. The President came in through pan-Nigerian mandate, he should not be pushed to the politics of the margins.