BY EMMANUEL AJIBULU
The immediate past Governor of Ondo Sate, Dr OLUSEGUN RAHMAN MIMIKO, by his humility, democratic credentials, indelible track records and his belief in wide consultations has increddbly endeared him to most Nigerians across the six geo-political zones.
He is not a stranger to the progressive LABOUR PARTY, whose nationwide registration of members is the most important event in the country today which is causing discomfort for all political stakeholders and gladiators, but serving as a plus for the Labour Party.
The home coming of MIMIKO back to his former and rightful fold is a manifestation that the LABOUR PARTY would succeed in dispensing with the rot that the ruling party has become and free Nigerians once again to live in peace, dignity, prosperity, unity and progress.
The global village will never forget so quickly Mimiko’s Abiye programme which is uniquely considered as mother of all achievements whilst he held sway as the State Governor. Abiye initiative recorded so much success such that it is signposted as the model for tackling infant and maternal mortality in the developing world. This global acclaim is evident in the fact that the World Bank officially listed Ondo State Abiye programme on its website as one of the success stories coming out of Africa.
Another purposeful leader who share in this vision and direction is our very own, Hon Joseph Iranola Akinlaja who presently represents Ondo East/West Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives. He was never and still not one of those who lived up to the infamy of tyranny, who used their influence to the advancement of their own desires, often to the detriment of others.
Retrospectively, Nigeria has benefited immensely from Hon Joseph Akinlaja’s knowledge, wealth of experience, political sagacity and leadership acumen. The remarkable impacts this Labour leader of note possess in the life of many individuals, corporate organisations and government agencies remain a reference point. There is no denying the fact that Hon. Akinlaja is a rare breed politician, patriot and a true democrat.
Akinlaja’s feats are bold and exceptional; from business to governance and politics. As a scribe to the most powerful union in Nigeria, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, he made positive reforms that till date, his successors are still building on, and making NUPENG stay glued to its core values. His years of quality experience in the petroleum industry sector which cut across upstream, mid-stream and downstream made him a key phenomenon in conflict resolution both in Nigeria and outside the country. The reticent but cerebral politician distinguishes himself as a professional with selfless focus, instinctive humanitarian mission and virtues.
In politics, he has been a formidable force in Ondo State, who once participated to put together a great political movement that won power in almost all the elective positions in the state including that of number seat, this development obviously made Labour Party in Nigeria’s political firmament as a third force to reckon with. Akinlaja proved to be a true hero of democracy, not just in Ondo State, he is a light that cannot be concealed under any guise. Facts cannot also be suppressed that Hon. Akinlaja is a highly influential individual who, due to his personal charisma, doggedness, intelligence, wisdom, utilized his prowess in a way that had a decisive and positive historical impact.
As a representative of Ondo East/West Federal Constituency, Hon Joseph Akinlaja sees human capital development as necessary and of key priority for his constituents. He is known to be unrepentant in fulfilling his campaign promises since his inception to the National Assembly. He operates an open door policy, treats people with respect irrespective of their class, position, political affiliation or status in the society.
Akinlaja’s timely, dispassionate and consistent socio-economic empowerment programmes for his people across units and wards are reflections of true democratic philosophy. Besides, his quality representation at the hallowed chamber through popular bills, petitions, motions, meritorious oversight functions among others clearly show he is an epitome of good governance. With no shred of doubt, having people like MIMIKO and AKINLAJA brighter future is assured for Labour Party and our country. MAY GOD BLESS AND PROPER NIGERIA!