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2019: NLC rejects Mimiko’s presidential bid

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected plan by a factional National chairman of the Labour Party, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam to adopt Olusegun Mimiko as the party’s presidential flag bearer for the 2019 general elections.

Mr. Ayuba Wabba, NLC President stated this at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja.

Mimiko, a two-term governor of Ondo State, had on Thursday declared his intention to run for presidency on the platform of the Labour Party.

He had said, “I have found it compelling to declare my intension to run for president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

However, Wabba told journalists in his reaction that, “It is not possible for Mimiko to run under the Labour Party, and we want to say no to that. 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 registered 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 was not a platform for any candidate to join, “when the condition is favorable and when you arrive at your destination, you abandon it.”

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