Mimiko declares presidential interest, NLC kicks

By Editor on 13/09/2018

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Former governor of Ondo state Dr Olusegun Mimiko on Thursday, declared to run for president of Nigeria on the platform of the Labour party (LP) in 2019.

Mimiko, who declared his intention at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja, expressed concern over what he described as wanton killings in the Middle Belt and other parts of the country.

He said that the effect of the current economic reality, unprecedented level of division, distrust at individual and communal levels, were of great concern to him.

Mimiko said the ability to envision great ideas and demonstrable track record, rather than place and circumstances of birth should be the most compelling basis for investing candidates with power.

He said: “This is, therefore, not the time to cheapen the dialogue by engaging in an argument on whose turn it is to run the country. Rather, it is time to insist that only the best is good for Nigeria.

“It is time to all march out and recall our past, take charge of the present and launch out into greatness as one inclusive and cohesive family,

“There comes a moment in the life of a nation when every patriot must stand up to be counted!. At such a moment, no person worthy of a place in history can afford to remain ensconced in his or her comfort zone.

“For our country, Nigeria, the moment is now! .The truth, however, is that bad as these times are, they will not pass away if we choose to remain on this same old path.

“I am running for president because I believe that working together, we can restructure and redesign our country in such a way that it would mean for all of us.’’

“We shall frontally attack corruption in all its ramifications by strengthening existing institutions, deploying technological tools and deepening relevant policies on cashless society while proactively leveraging global frameworks for anti-corruption.

He said that as governor of Ondo state for eight years, he restructured the state, empowered youths and transformed the education as well as health sector among others.

Mimiko promised to commit to mobilising the youth of Nigeria for education, providing opportunities for them to be productively engaged and elevating them into leadership, through a careful process of acculturation.

Speaking, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, the factional Chairman of Labour Party, congratulated Mimiko for his declaration.

Abdulsalam said that the party decided to support and give Mimiko nomination form, based on his track record as one-time governor of Ondo.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected plan by former National chairman of the Labour Party, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam to adopt Olusegun Mimiko as the party’s Presidential flagbearer for the 2019 general elections.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC President and Mrs Ebere Ifendu, the National Publicity Secretary, Labour Party, stated this at a joint news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

According to Wabba, this is very important for labour to make its position clear for the 2019 General Elections.

 

Source Press Release

Posted on September, 13 2018

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