By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
The former Governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, may soon dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and return to the Labour party (LP) any time from now.
NNN gathered from a reliable source that no fewer than 12 members of the State House of Assembly and one federal lawmaker would defect to the LP with Mimiko.
Mimiko joined the LP in 2006 to pursue his gubernatorial aspiration, having realized he could not clinch the PDP nomination, however, he returned to the PDP in 2014 after winning two consecutive governorship polls on the LP platform.
The former governor was quoted to have said he decided to dump the major opposition party because of an alleged plan to destroy him politically.
Sources said Mimiko was no longer comfortable in the PDP because of the alledged overbearing influence of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state and Governor Nyeson Wike of Rivers state.
“I can confirm to you that Dr. Mimiko is set to return to the Labour party, his former party, before the end of May. His greatest political regret is that he went back to the PDP in 2014.
“Iroko cannot wait in the PDP and allow Fayose and Wike to render him useless politically. He is still wondering what he did to them that they want him to die politically.
“The two governors tried to persuade him to contest the national chairmanship position of the party, but he declined because he did not want to betray Bode George. Since then, Fayose and Wike have seen him as their enemy.
“Can you believe that Fayose and Wike are no longer picking his phone calls?
“This is a man who once led the PDP Governors Forum of which Wike and Fayose were members,” a source close to Mimiko said.
The former governor was said to have directed his associates who are interested in participating in the 2018 general elections to defect to the LP to actualise their ambitions.
But it was gathered that some of his former commissioners are against the idea of returning to the LP.