2019: Why I dumped PDP for LP – Mimiko

A former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has explained why
he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the Labour Party, LP.

The former governor formally dumped the PDP, on Wednesday to rejoin
the Labour Party.

Mimiko who spoke to reporters after obtaining the LP card at his ward
in Ondo town, said his decision to return to LP was borne out of the
need to "catalyze a greater focus on the ideological content of the
Nigerian political firmament."

He said, "We have come with the conviction, consequent upon several
years of practical involvement in the nation's political process, that
the need for ideologically focused political engagement is now more
pressing than ever before.

"Virtually all the existing political parties in Nigeria today belong
to the right of the centre, ensconced as it were in a neo-liberal
mental construct, the name or mantra they choose to enrobe themselves
in notwithstanding.

"This is evident not in terms of the pretentious claims they make to
ideological purity, but in the way and manner, they have used power;
including the extent to which they have mainstreamed the interest and
welfare of the weak and poor in our society.

"This ideological fluidity, within which the nation's extant democracy
has evolved since 1999, deserves now to be fully interrogated, with a
view to engendering a transition to a more ideologically defined
system of engagement.

"We have come to the conclusion that these are the missing links in
our political process, which have tended to make an all-comers game of
it, and one in which the interest of the mass of the people has been
greatly marginalized in several of our governance spaces, since 1999.

"The decision was also not borne out of any disagreement with LP,
either ideologically or operationally. It was simply a decision that
we needed to take in the higher interest of our country.

"We particularly had in focus the agenda of restructuring, which
frontier the then president had extended a bit by convoking the
National Conference. We thus felt compelled to work with his party,
hoping that his victory in the 2015 election, would translate the
vision of restructuring the Nigerian federation into reality

"We thought helping to elect a presidential candidate that had
demonstrated this commitment to the restructuring of the country was
well worth the risk associated with our having to step out of our LP
platform onto PDP, on which the former president was running.

"Even now, restructuring remains for us the critical plank without
which the much-needed stability and functionality of our country
cannot be procured."

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