By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) on Sunday asked the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to first build the Labour Party “as a true pro-working people political platform” before rejecting the Presidential ambition of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, former Governor of Ondo State, to contest under the platform of the party in 2019.
SPN in a statement issued by its Acting National Chairperson, Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye and National Secretary, Chinedu Bosah made available to newsmen in Ibadan pointed out that ” it is laughable” that the NLC leader is now realising that “Dr Mimiko do not share the ideology of LP (which he failed to mention) after the same Mimiko contested, won election and served as Governor of Ondo State for two consecutive terms.”
Admitting that Comrade Ayuba Wabba, correctly expressed that “Dr Mimiko do not share the Labour party ideology therefore has no business in the Party”, SPN added
“as a matter of fact, it is the failure of the successive labour leaders both in NLC and TUC to build the LP as a true pro-working people political platform that made the party to become a “trash can” for bourgeois politicians who were denied opportunity to stand for election under their various pro-capitalist political parties.”
“The attention of the Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN has been drawn to the opposition expressed by the President of the Nigeria Labour congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba towards the decision of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, former Governor of Ondo State, to contest a presidential election under the platform of Labour Party (LP). As much as SPN agrees that ordinarily, Mimiko shouldn’t have had a place in LP had it been the party was built from onset as a true pro-working people political platform. At the same time, it is laughable that it’s just now that Wabba suddenly woke up from his slumber to realise that Mimiko do not share the ideology of LP (which he failed to mention) after the same Mimiko contested, won election and served as Governor of Ondo State for two consecutive terms.”it said.
SPN added in the statement that “it
is true that LP was formed by the NLC; it could also be true that NLC is currently custodian of the certificate of the registration of the party, but the opposition to Mimiko’s pronouncement on the pages of the newspaper to use LP as electoral vehicle again are mere tokenism to reclaim LP.”
“Given the current activity and composition of LP, the possibility of reclaiming is slim as it will require the labour leaders to be ready and determined to initiate and drive a decisive process of action required to get that done. This must include conscious mobilisation of workers and change seeking persons into the party to challenge the bureaucracy.”
SPN maintained that it ” believes that a very fundamental way to kick-start the process is for the labour leaders if truly they are serious about reclaiming LP to immediately set in motion all the necessary machineries required to convene a special conference of trade union and pro-labour groups including socialist organisations like Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) with a view to carry out a thorough assessment and consideration of the possibility to reclaim LP or the option of forming and building a fresh pro-working people alternative that will always stand to represent and defend the economic and political aspiration of Nigerian working people as a crucial step towards the prospect of forming a worker and poor people government.”