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NLC, Labour Party reject Mimiko, presidential ambition in crisis

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Dr Olusegun Mimiko: presidential ambition on Labour Party platform in crisis

Dr Olusegun Mimiko: presidential ambition on Labour Party platform in crisis

The presidential ambition of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko appeared dead on arrival on Thursday as the Nigeria Labour Congress, the registered owner of the Labour Party denounced the declaration.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC President and Mrs Ebere Ifendu, the National Publicity Secretary, Labour Party, rejected the declaration and the hijack of the Labour Party platform at a joint news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

“It is not possible for Mimiko to run under the Labour Party and we want to say no to that as Mimiko has no business as a member of Labour Party.

“ The party is registered by the NLC and the Trade Union Congress, Market Women Association, students. We register the party and the certificate of the party is with the NLC General Secretary.

“Therefore, bringing money to buy the party or the structure will not work, we do not share in the same ideology with him. It is a party with a difference.

“Therefore, I want to call on Minimko once again to make sure he off-his –hands off the party.

“Therefore, A.A Salam cannot continue to function as the chairperson of the party, ‘’ he said.

He added the Labour Party is not a place for any candidate to join when the condition is favourable and when you arrive at your destination, you abandon it.

Also, Mrs Ebere Ifendu, National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party also warned Nigerians and political aspirants to disregard the purported party convention slated for 13 September in Abuja.

“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.

“That is for those who desire to contest various elective positions under the Labour Party through Alhaji A. A. Salam, the former national chairman of the party.

“It would be recalled that A. A. Salam was removed at the special national convention of the party held on 3rd October, 2017″.

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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2019: Jimi Agbaje finally reveals why he dumped Tinubu

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Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos state, has given reason why he left the camp of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement on Saturday, Agbaje said it was based on differences in principles, as he took exception to the rule of one man dictating how Lagos should be governed.

It would be recalled that Agbaje parted ways with Tinubu in 2007 to join the Democratic Peoples’ Alliance (DPA) as its governorship candidate.

“I take exception to the rule of one man in a metropolitan state like Lagos.

“I have no personal rift with him (Tinubu). What exists between us is all about differences in value and principle. When we were together, I discovered that his own idea of democracy was not what I was taught, so I had to take an exit.

“I am saying that what we are running today in Lagos is a one-man Lagos. A Lagos where somebody says when he is going to bed, Lagos is going to bed, to me that can no longer be tolerable. Lagos must be made to work for the people of Lagos,” Agbaje said.

In addition, he said the ruling APC was foisting “opaqueness in public spending,” pointing out that, it had refused to open up its activities to the people of the state who were not getting value for taxes they paid.

“It is unfortunate that Lagos State under the control of the APC has refused to domesticate the Freedom of Information Act. Everything in government in Lagos State is shrouded in secrecy. The time has come to hand the fortune of the state over to the people.

“Seven trillion naira is what the state government has spent in the last 20 years, and what have we got to show for it? If you look at the average for education in Lagos, only 20 per cent of our children have passed WAEC in five years. The question is, are we getting value? The answer is, we are not getting value at all,” Agbaje said.

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2019 presidency: SDP chairmen reject Jerry Gana, vow to vacate ruling against Donald Duke

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The forum of the 36 state chairmen of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has rejected the court order issued by Justice Hussain Yusuf which declared Prof. Jerry Gana as the presidential candidate of the party and sacked an ex-governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke, as the SDP standard bearer.

In a statement made available to journalists on Saturday in Abuja, which was signed by the forum’s Chairman; Hon. Oke Idawene and Secretary, Abubakar Dogara, they described the court ruling as “an act of gross injustice unconstitutional, and null and void”.

The statement reads in part: “the Party shall abide by the unanimous decision taken by the party’s delegates and the mandates of the 36 State Chapters and the FCT when they convincingly and overwhelmingly voted for Mr. Donald Duke in the October 6th October 2018 national presidential primaries of the Party.

“That mandate given to Donald Duke as the party’s presidential candidate is sacred, supreme and so remained sacrosanct as the will and ultimate decision of party members and leadership which no court can abort.

“The Forum said it will use all available legal and judicial process to protect its mandate and ensure that the will of the people prevails.

”We wish to use this medium to assure the general public, especially party members to remain calm and steadfast in their support and goodwill for the party and its presidential candidate towards the actualization of the vision of the Party to rescue Nigeria through the 2019 General elections.

“The SDP is working within the ambiance of the law to vacate the order of the Abuja court where Prof Gana is trying to pervert and arrest justice through his unlawful claims.

“Against this backdrop, our legal team has filed an appeal against the order of the High Court at the Appeal court in Abuja.

“Therefore, we want to appeal to all party members across the country to continue with their party activities and campaigns with utmost decorum, decency and orderliness.

“We shall communicate to all our members, details of our campaign programmes in the days ahead.”

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Ondo governorship tussle: Abraham raises alarm over alleged threat to witnesses, petitions IG of police

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The runner up in the 2016 All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship primary in Ondo state has alleged that some youth are planning to attack his witnesses.

Abraham, in a statement issued to journalists in Akure, the Ondo state capital, on Friday, emphasized that the threat was as a result of his case at the Federal High Court in Abuja over what he described as the controversial 2016 governorship primary election of the APC, adding that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has been notified of the threat.

Recall that Abraham, who came second during the 2016 primary election, had accused the incumbent governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of manipulating the process, after which he dragged him to the Federal High Court in Abuja, where there is pending litigation as to the authentic winner of the primary.

In the statement, Abraham alleged that his witnesses are being threatened by those he described as sponsors of the state government.

“We are surprised that those of us, who ought to be in the same political party, are threatening each other over a case that will reshape the APC in Ondo State for good.

“But I have pleaded with my people to allow us embrace a system that will usher in a true democratic value to the people as we await the verdict of the court over the pending case.”

While urging all his supporters to eschew violence, Abraham also alleged that there were plots to harass and arrest his followers.

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