By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
One of the gubernatorial aspirants in Labour Party, Oyo State, who is also the former secretary of the Oyo State Wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Olu Abiala has expressed optimism on clinching the party’s gubernatorial ticket in spite the number of aspirants jostling for it, based on his grassroots appeal and the desire of the party to have a genuine labour man as its flag-bearer.
While speaking with journalists at the weekend in Ibadan, Abiala said that picking the nomination form after several months of going round the 33 local government council areas of the state on sensitization of party members was borne out of conviction that the people of the state were desirous of change.
Mr Olu Abiala also said that he would replace Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State as LP governor in the country come 2015 as he gets set to pick the expression of interest and the governorship nomination form for the next guber election.
According to him, before his defection to the PDP about two months ago, Mimiko was the only governor among the 36 state governors in the country produced by the LP, insisting that the party was not going to miss his exit.
He added that Mimiko’s defection from the party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would not have negative effect on the party’s chances in the state.