Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja
Former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has emerged the presidential candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
The former governor who defected from the PDP to pursue his presidential ambition recently , emerged through endorsement by all the party delegates from the 36 state of the federation and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Chief Returning Officer and the Chairman of the party, Dan Nwanyanwu , speaking at the party’s covention held in Abuja yesterday,said the candidate had fulfilled all the requirements of the constitution of the party .
In his acceptance speech, Mimiko who said with the social democratic ideological orientation of ZLP, the process through which ZLP emerged, its pedigree and those of its leading lights, he will not have trouble convincing Nigerians why it is the preferred option for them in the elections of 2019.
The former governor averred that “as a social democratic party, committed to the enduring principles of good governance, utilitarianism (the greatest good to the greatest number), and a restructured federal system for Nigeria, ZLP is set to capture the imagination of Nigerians, and lead the process of renewing our republic.”
Mimiko said, “I am resolutely committed to a programme of restructuring the Nigerian federation. This is with a view to affording every segment of the country the opportunity and privilege of development at its own pace, and in such a manner that the age long beauty in competitive development would be fully tapped.
“I am persuaded beyond any doubt, as I said in my declaration statement, that such would give vent to ‘that indomitable spirit of Nigerians, that spirit of accomplishment, which has made stars of individual Nigerians all over the world.
Mimiko urged the members of the party not be intimidated by the big parties , rather, on the size and weight of our ideas.
According to him, “We must focus on the purity of our ideological commitment. We must focus on our passion and compassion for the weak and the poor in society.
Let no mistake be made, we shall be calling upon Nigerians to assess us on the basis of what we had done in the recent past with political power”.