By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Labour Party (LP) has expressed doubt over possible re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 general elections.
Edo State LP Chairman, Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi expressed this reservation during a media chat in Benin City. He hinted that such adventure is not a great career move by All Progressives Congress (APC) and the President which he alleged enjoyed the “trust surplus from Nigerians”.
President Buhari had last week disclosed his plan to seek re-election in 2019 polls.
According to Ogbaloi, electorate are in better position to assess the performance of the President in areas of security, economy and workers welfare than the ruling party which he claimed rode on the back of propaganda to power in 2015 polls.
“What can you really pin him (Buhari) down on in terms of the achievements? Is it on security? Is it that under his government, the citizens are now properly in shape?”
He cautioned the Federal Government not to allow the $1 billion being proposed to tackle security problems in the country, seep into 2019 re-election.
“The possibility of bringing APC back to power is out of the political equation.
As we speak, killers are on the rampage. Nigerians will not be fooled this time around. Workers in this country have not been restored economically. We still cannot feed well.
“The proposed new minimum wage is still on the table as we speak. Whether it will be achieved before he (Buhari) leaves office is not certain. Remember, the third force is there. Don’t rule it out”.
Labour Party to Mimiko: You can return but our rules of engagement have changed
The Labour Party, LP, has expressed readiness to welcome the immediate past governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko to the party he helped nurture, but was quick to add that the party’s “rules of engagement have since changed with our new leadership”.
LP’s national chairman, Dr. Mike Omotoso, stated this in a statement sent to DAILY POST on Tuesday, while reacting to an earlier move by a group condemning the return of Mimiko to Labour Party.
The national chairman stated that the former governor’s “coming will be a worthwhile addition to this party especially at this time” as he is “a well experienced politician whose sagacity will contribute to the growth of Labour Party”.
Omotosho went on to say, “Though rules of engagement have since changed with our new leadership, we are resolute about building a well structured party where the generality of the people, not few individuals, have the way.
“We made a solemn promise to return this party to the masses who truly own it and that we shall make happen. Irrespective of who knocks on our door, our ideologies cannot be compromised, our resolve for best practices, internal democracy and rule of law is sacrosanct.
“While appealing to individuals and aggrieved members to eschew acrimony and embrace peace across board, I assure all, again, that the mandate freely given to me at the October 3rd Special National Convention shall be upheld for the success of the party. You have given us the mandate, we shall give you the victory.”
The statement commended all loyal party members across the country for standing firm, as it added that they are the reason the Labour Party “has not been confined to the dustbin of history in spite of past dealings that only promote the interests of a very few minority”.