The Presidential Candidate of Zenith Labour Party Olusegun Mimiko has pulled of the 2019 Presidential race of his party to run for Ondo Central Senatorial Seat.
In a statement by his spokesman John Paul Akinduro the ex-governor announced his withdrawal while meeting with national and party leaders in Ondo.
“I took the decision in the ultimate interest of our party, the Zenith Labour Party,” said Mimiko.
He added that he will be running for Senate instead and the party’s candidate for Ondo Central Senatorial district, Engr. Gboye Adegbenro, has also stepped down for Mimiko.
Adegbenro who was a former Commissioner for Works in Mimiko’s government as governor said in a separate statement that he will be stepping for him, “in the interest of the Zenith Labour Party and our dear state.”
He added that “I am convinced that the candidacy of our leader, the former governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, will better serve the interest of the district now and the overall goal of the south-west.”
Segun Mimiko or his party have not come out to say if they will support any Presidential Candidate among other parties or the two major political parties of either APC or PDP.
Mimiko was the governor of Ondo state from 2009 to 2016 winning under the Labour Party and completing his tenure under the People’s Democratic Party.
He joined the Zenith Labour Party which was formed by the former Chairman of Labour Party, Dan Nwanyanwu and emerged unanimously as the Presidential Candidate.