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War against Corruption Will Succeed

Dr Mike Omotosho was the governorship candidate of Labour Party (LP) during the 2015 general elections in Kwara State. He was recently elected as the National Chairman of the party. He spoke with journalists in Ilorin on a wide range of issues. Hammed Shittu was there

War against Corruption Will Succeed When Government is Able to Provide Basic Needs

What is your view on the anti-corruption fight of the present administration?

The current administration’s fight against corruption is a step in the right direction except that more needs to be done. Corruption cannot be fought without an effective judicial system; consequences must be enforced irrespective of social class and party affiliations. Additionally, another way of fighting corruption is to provide safety nets for the people, by this I mean the issues pertaining to insecurity, as it relates to poverty, unemployment and provision of other social welfare. These safety nets will assure the citizens of a better life and can guard against corruption that stems from frustration and fear. Then, the fight against corruption will make a meaningful impact.

What do you think can make the fight against corruption?

The fight against corruption will achieve significant outcomes when the government is able to provide the basic needs of the people. People will refrain from corrupt practices if their future is secure. Imagine knowing that your children will attend school, have access to adequate healthcare, can afford to be fed tolerably and you can commute as required, the tendency for you to engage in corrupt practices will be drastically reduced if not eliminated. The government must, therefore strengthen our institutions and provide safety nets for the welfare of the citizens.

Do you think the economic hardship faced by Nigerians is avoidable?

At the presentation of the 2017 budget to the National Assembly in May last year, the President named it a budget of economic recovery and growth, which was meant to help the nation recover from the economic crisis and engender growth in critical sectors of the nation. He listed some of the priority areas as agriculture and food security, Industrialisation and SME development, macro and micro economic stability, energy sufficiency in the power and petroleum sector, as well as transportation. A critical look at these areas shows that a lot of progress is yet to be made and execution of government’s agenda has largely fallen below expectation. The road to recovery may be long, but there is always a way out, individual States in Nigeria must begin to seek ways to generate revenue innovatively, civil service reforms, building the middle class, ease of doing business, etc.

Recently, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics claimed that the country is out of recession what is your view?

Our economy is still in a dire state, despite exiting recession by 0.05 percent is a few months ago, and the relative stability of our naira to the dollar. The microeconomic and real sector is yet to feel the impact of the acclaimed improved Macroeconomic situation. Many businesses are still closed and more are closing, with many workers rendered jobless. The unemployment rate is high, and money has reduced in circulation. Many believe that the proffered economic solutions are mere rhetoric that may not be capable of revamping the economy. I must, however, congratulate the government on moving Nigeria 24 steps to 145th position for the ease of doing business, these reforms will definitely add to the ripple effect of development.

What efforts are you making to reposition the Labour Party ahead of the next general election?

We are restructuring the Labour Party in a number of ways but I will share the three most important. First; We are relaying our foundation at state, local government and ward levels, Competent men and women of impeccable character are being elected into leadership positions and are taking up selfless responsibilities to build excellent structures that will win elections. Secondly, a technical working committee is about to unveil a more robust, responsible and revolutionary manifesto that will strategically drive sustainable development in Nigeria and clearly define the hopes and aspirations of every Nigerian. This will serve as our blueprint. Lastly, The Labour party has initiated a unique membership drive, a campaign to draft like-minded Nigerians that are tired of the mediocrity and degeneracy of the state of affairs in Nigeria to build a party for the people to ‘stop the mess’. Nigeria is a country that is blessed with intelligent minds and hard-working populace, we are pacesetters and innovators, Therefore, there is no reason why Nigeria should be tagged a third world country.

What are the current challenges of the party?

I am glad you use the word challenge and not problem. The challenge the Labour Party has had in the past is a lack of enforceable party ethics. Under this new administration, our aim is to build a strong membership commitment that will drive party strategy rather than individual agenda. Defectors from other parties seeking a platform for temporary gain will no longer use our party because party loyalty is critical for creating the revolution we desire. Presently, another challenge we plan to take head-on, although not unique to the Labour Party, is the increasing sense of anxiety and hopelessness of Nigerians in the multiparty system. We shall restore the hope and confidence of every Nigerian again.

What are the chances of LP in 2019 general elections?

There is a popular saying that ‘we cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.’ It is crystal clear to Nigerians that the two big political parties have performed abysmally below expectation. Even though we term them as ‘big’ they lack strategy and structure to govern, based on principles but rather on personal ideologies. This is where the Labour Party differs from the norm. We are competitively positioned as a party where party principles supersede individual beliefs, and where it is imperative for us to build strong sustainable institutions that are uniform across the board. So, 2019 looks good for the Labour Party because Nigerians are ready for an intelligent intervention. So, for those that are ready to walk the talk, young, middle-aged or old, male or female, the Labour Party is where you will be given a seat at the table.

What’s the plan of LP to get the country out of the present economic challenges?

I have always noted that the challenges of the country, including our economic challenges, stem from lack of good, visionary, proactive leadership with innovative ideas to harness the abundant human and material resources already available to confront our economic challenges. Labour Party will look for such men and women both home-grown and in the diaspora, bring them on board and harness the vast potentials of the country. It is time to begin to put round pegs in round holes and explore the creativity of youths. The over-dependence on oil must stop.

LP Denies Claims by Expelled former Chairman

The crisis that recently enveloped the Labour Party following the purported expulsion of its former chairman Abdulkadir Abdulsalam at the October 3, 2017 convention has shown no sign of abating as Abdulsalam allegedly continues to insist that he remains in office as the National Chairman of the party. According to him, he is the only person recognised with that designation by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

‎At its recent convention, Abdulsalam was relieved of his office while an investigation for alleged gross abuse of office was instituted against him. This action was taken on the basis of complaints by top members of the party’s NWC led by Chief Calistus Okafor, Deputy National Chairman (South).

Affirming the decision of the party at a recent meeting with journalists, Barrister Ebere Ifendu, National Publicity Secretary of the party said, the NWC unanimously endorsed Dr. Mike Omotosho as the new National Chairman of the Labour Party. “It is, therefore laughable that anyone will go around parading himself as occupying that office. That is wishful thinking, particularly when his action is supposedly based on recognition by INEC. The truth is that INEC does not choose officers of a party. The commission is obliged to witness the convention of a party and this it did when we elected our new chairman. We will not join issues with anyone who chooses to delude himself. I am not aware of any such recognition by INEC. We had a successful convention on October 3 and INEC witnessed it.”

Since the exit of its long-serving national chairman, Dan Nwanyanwu, the Labour Party has been crises ridden, forcing the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC which jointly formed the party in 2002 to make moves to retrieve its registration documents and refocus the party to follow the social democracy principles for which it was founded.

At the time of this report, the INEC website carried the name of Alhaji Abdukadir Abdulsalam (Baraden Paiko) as National Chairman of the Labour Party.

Mike Omotosho: A new sheriff emerge in LP

Dr. Mike Omotosho, the newly elected Labour Party chairman has highlighted his willingness to restructure the party, uphold the party’s constitution and expose the immeasurable strength which the party is known for worldwide. The crisis-challenged labour party as many say might have eventually settled for peace, as a veteran politician, consolidated idealist and principled leader gets the nod of party members to lead her through the next phase of its revolutionary encounter.

Omotosho disclosed these to newsmen recently after the convention, emphasizing need to carry everyone along to take the ailing party to a height. Having made remarkable achievements in his political career, Omotosho has established himself as a revolutionary strategist, a grassroots mobilizer, and a person who is known for sensational truth who abides strictly to the rule of law as well as to the mandate of the people.

Basically, the recently concluded convention of the Labour party which upholds Dr. Mike Omotosho as the party chairman is indeed a remarkable intervention that will restore peace, dignity and innovations in the party which was initially plagued by disunity, mismanagement and mediocrity. However, the choice of Dr. Mike Omotosho will doubtlessly engage a new dawn and a visionary diversion from the bureaucratic developments which the party suffered hitherto.

Omotosho has pledged that on the basis of his been elected, he will define the party as a populist party, promote the plight of the common man, relate efficiently with the smallest unit of our economy and engage the vibrant ideas of youths who are meant to be the leaders of today.

“Considering the present situation of corruption and non-performance by several political parties, I have promised that Labour party under my leadership will explore the present situation by embarking on producing candidates that will promote equal opportunity for all, social justice and true democracy in the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria.

“However, with my feasible vision as party chairman, I will seek to revolutionize social welfare, redirect the displace vision of our nation’s economy, elevate, build and entrench the structure of nationalism in the minds and hearts of every Nigerian.” Omotosho said.

“My explicit mission will imperatively review and reposition the mandate of Labour Party by maintaining the principles of integrity, positive change and transparency so as to ensure an enviable height for the party.” He concludes.

2019: Labour Party plots PDP, APC’s fall

The Labour Party (LP) has said it is working round the clock on how to depose both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the leading opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections.

The party expressed worries over the current socio-economic and security challenges in the country, saying it was determined to get power in 2019.

Addressing newsmen at the weekend in Abuja, the National Chairman of the party, Dr Mike Omotosho, said that the performance of the ruling APC was not enough.

“We have a lot of strategies that we are putting in place ahead of 2019. We are already scheming in order to take over the leadership of this country in the next one and half years.

“This party belongs to the masses and we believe that when we take over power, we would provide equal opportunities for Nigerians, fairness and social justice,” he said.

The LP boss also hit some governors for not paying salaries for several months despite receiving bailout funds from the Federal Government.

‎He urged the government to launch an investigation into how state governments utilised the budget support fund, as well as the Paris Club Refund given to them, aside from their federal allocation and internally generated revenue.