Immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, wants to return to the Labour Party. Except that Labour Party doesn’t want him back.
“Nigerians would recall that Dr. Mimiko abandoned the Labour Party (LP) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) a few days to LP’s October 2015 National Convention,” said national chairman of Labour Party, Mike Omotosho, who went on to add that Mimiko only wants to return to destroy the party that gave him everything.
Mimiko was elected Ondo governor in 2009 on the platform of the Labour Party. In 2012, Mimiko was handed re-election on the platform of Labour. However, months before the 2015 general elections, Mimiko moved the entire Labour Party structure in Ondo into the PDP.
He joined PDP afterwards and became the de facto campaign manager for former President Goodluck Jonathan. After the PDP failed to retain the center in 2015, Mimiko’s political stock began to plummet. Like every PDP chieftain post 2015, the grass has suddenly gone from lush green to brown and the center is no longer holding for Mimiko.
The PDP has become so cash strapped these days, its Wadata Plaza headquarters in Wuse,
Abuja, has been ceded to roaches, spiders and dust. Its members are fleeing to other tents and Mimiko has hopped on a bike to the party he once abandoned.
Mimiko says he’s rejoining Labour because the party shares his ideology. How convenient!
According to Mimiko: “LP, and its few ideological soul mates among the legion of parties in the country today, provide the requisite platform for this type of deep ideological introspection.