By Temitope Adedeji in Akure
The Labour Party in Ondo State has said the party continues to exist and will wax stronger in the state despite Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s defection to the Peoples Democratic Party.
The party’s Acting Chairman Hon. Kolawole Johnson said the reason for its inactivity in the state in recent past was to allow it go through the necessary process of re-engineering and restructuring after the governor’s exit.
He said at a press conference in Akure that the re-engineering process had been completed and had produced a better platform. Kolawole affirmed that the LP remains the party of the people and number one in Ondo State irrespective Mimiko’s exit.
He said: “The main purpose of our gathering here today is to inform you the gentlemen of the press, our teeming party members and sympathizers in Ondo State and the general public of the new repositioning of our party; the Labour Party. Regardless of the recent development, we want to affirm that Labour Party remains the party of the people and the number one party in Ondo State irrespective of anybody’s exit.
“Our party is bigger than any individual because it is owned by the people and every contributor to our national purse with well-articulated programmes that is centered on the people. This is the party of the masses built on sound democratic norms and best acceptable global practices.
“The reason for the short dull in activities in recent past in the state is to allow the party go through the necessary process of re-engineering and restructuring after the exit of the only governor on the platform.
“It gladdens our heart to inform you that the process is completed and it has produced a better platform that the people shall be proud of as you shall rightly testify as events unfold.”
Kolawole said LP had been repositioned to win elections in Ondo State with clearer focus, better strategies and renewed vigour.
He said the party’s confidence to win elections in the state stemmed from the cardinal agenda of the party, which was people-oriented and national in outlook.
Wooing aspirants into the party, the acting chairman said the platform was now stronger and available for all, adding that it would continue to pursue the common good and ensure internal democracy within.