Akure - The Ondo State Chapter of the Labour Party (LP) on Tuesday warned the state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko against dividing the party.
LP in a statement signed by its State Secretary, Ronke Akerele said despite the governor’s defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he had always wanted to control the affairs of the party.
Mimiko was the first elected governor of LP in 2009 but left the party with his supporters in 2014 to the PDP.
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The party also distanced itself from the April 23 local government elections in the state, saying they are not seeing members of the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) of conducting credible poll.
The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to the plan of the Governor to keep parading fifth columnists as self-styled members of the party for selfish interest.
“We hereby state clearly that anyone who is not known to our party cannot speak or represent our party in any capacity.
“We also wish to inform the general public that Labour Party shall not participate in the council election.
“The party appeals to the Governor to channel his energy to the task of governing the state at this critical period.
“We shall rather engage the government in constructive criticism for the benefit of all, which we consider more important than petty issues of divisive politics that is fast becoming trademark.
“We passionately appeal to the Governor to pay the salary arrears of the workers of Ondo State as soon as possible to reduce the untold hardship on the people.”
- News 24