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NLC, Labour Party oppose to Mimiko’s emergence as Presidential aspirant

…Warns aspirants against Salam, Abure

Crisis rocking the Labour Party, yesterday took a different twist as the leadership of the party and founder, custodian and promoter of the party, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, rejected the allege plot to adopt the former Governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko as its presidential candidate in the forthcoming general elections.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Ebere Ifendu, the plot by the former chairman of Labour Party, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, to impose the former governor as the candidate became imperative considering the fact that neither the National Executive Council nor the National Convention was notified as provided in the party’s constitution.

She also warned Nigerians and political aspirants to disregard the purported party convention slated for 13th September.

While accusing Salam of illegally collecting Nomination Forms’ fees from unsuspecting politicians without the approval of the relevant organs of the party, she further warned all intending aspirants and candidates willing to contest the forthcoming elections under the party to desist from dealing with its former National Chairman, Alhaji Abdukadir Salam, and Julius Abure on election matters.

“It has become necessary for the leadership of the Labour Party to draw the attention of the general public to the fraudulent collection of Expression of Interest and Nomination Form fees from innocent and unsuspecting political aspirants, who desire to contest various elective positions under the Labour Party, by Alhaji A. A. Salam, the former national chairman of the party.

“It will be recalled that A. A. Salam was removed at the special national convention of the party held on 3rd October, 2017, the legality of which was confirmed by the INEC report, presented by the three INEC officials that were detailed to supervise its conduct.

“Credible information reaching us revealed that Salam has concluded arrangements to pull a rented crowd to declare Olusegun Mimiko as the Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate.

“This illegal event is schedule to hold in Abuja on Thursday, 13th September, 2018. This is a total violation of Article 27, section 1, subsection i & ii of the Labour Party’s constitution, which stipulates as follows: ‘aspirants for presidential election shall be nominated as candidate for the party at the national convention.

“Where the National Executive Council identifies a credible and nationally acceptable person, it shall nominate and present such a person for ratification only at the national convention as the party’s presidential candidate.

“The same rule applies to the nomination of a gubernatorial candidate in section 3, subsection i & ii, in the case of which the state Congress is saddled with the responsibility of pronouncing their gubernatorial candidate.

“In the light if the above violations and open disregard to the constitution of the party, the leadership of the Labour Party wishes to state as follows: ‘That all Labour Party National Working Committee members, State officials in the 36 states of the federation including Abuja, Local Government excos and all ward excos throughout the federation should disregard the illegal gathering being summoned by A. A. Salam and Julius Abure.

“The law enforcement agencies have been adequately notified of this illegal gathering and they are poised to take legal action against any person or group of persons that attend this illegal gathering. To be fore-warned is to be fore-armed.

“That all intending aspirants/candidates, willing to contest elections under Labour Party, should desist from dealing with A. A. Salam and Julius Abure on election matters. Whoever makes payments to them does so at their own risk.

“Similarly, the Party hereby disowns and rejects Olusegun Mimiko as its presidential candidate, since neither the national executive council nor the national convention is notified, as provided in the party’s constitution referred to above.”

“Be informed also that a court contempt proceeding has been served on A. A. Salam and his gang leaders. Any attempt by them to convene an illegal NEC convention or any gathering of such similitude will amount to court contempt and a total disregard for the rule of law,” Ifendu said.

Speaking further, she disclosed that the party’s counsel, Femi Falana has served Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mr. Salam and Julius Abure, the Court contempt summon, hence warned them not to proceed with the illegal party convention otherwise risk arrest.

On his own part, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, pledged the Congress support for workers, pensioners who aspire for any political office under the platform of the party.

Mimiko made known on Thursday his intention to run for president of Nigeria on the platform of the Labour party, LP, in 2019.

Mimiko, 63 years old, made the declaration at an event held at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.

He expressed concern over the killings in the Middle Belt and some other parts of the country.

The aspirant said that the excruciating economic pains and the unprecedented level of division, and distrust at individual and communal levels, were of great concern.

Mimiko said that the ability to envision great ideas, and demonstrable track record, rather than place and circumstances of birth, should be the most compelling basis for investing candidates with power.

“This is, therefore, not the time to cheapen the dialogue by engaging in argument on whose turn it is to run the country.

“Rather, it is time to insist that only the best is good for Nigeria; it is time to all march out and recall our past, take charge of the present, and launch out into greatness, as one inclusive, cohesive family.

“There comes a moment in the life of a nation when every patriot must stand up to be counted.

“At such a moment, no person worthy of a place in history can afford to remain ensconced in their comfort zone.

“When the totality of our being and the very essence of our humanity are in violation, patriots must advance to recapture the present; and commit to re-defining the future.

“I have found it compelling to declare my intention to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, who claimed to be the Chairman of Labour Party received Mimiko during the declaration.

Abdusalam has now been declared an impostor by the NLC.

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