The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) on Sunday elected former governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, as its presidential candidate for the 2019 election.
Mimiko was elected as a consensus candidate by members of the party in Abuja at its national convention.
The former governor said that he would levearage on the party’s social democratic ideological orientation to convince Nigerians to work with him.
According to NAN, he said with the party’s pedigree, he will not have trouble convincing Nigerians why the party is the preferred option for them in the elections of 2019.
“As a social democratic party, committed to the enduring principles of good governance, utilitarianism and a restructured federal system for Nigeria, ZLP is set to capture the imagination of Nigerians.
“The party will lead the process of renewing the Republic.
“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.
“This will be done in such a manner that the age long beauty in competitive development will be fully tapped,” he said.
Mimiko said that he was persuaded beyond any doubt, that such restructuring would give vent to the spirit of Nigerians.
He added that the spirit of accomplishment, which had made stars of individual Nigerians all over the world, would be ignited again.
Mimiko urged the members of the party not to be intimidated by the big parties, but concentrate on the size and weight of ZLP ideas.
The former governor also called on the party to focus on the purity of its ideological commitment.
“We must focus on our compassion for the weak and the poor in society.
“We must focus on the clarity of vision and thought that we bring to the fore for Nigerians, as we go into the elections,” he said.
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