Former Governor of Ondo state, Mr. Olusegun Mimiko has joined the 2019 presidential race. Mimiko declared his intention to run as president on the platform of the Labour party with the theme “Because we care”
He made this known formally while speaking in Abuja today. The Ex-governor said, “I have found it compelling to declare my intention to run for president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,”
He said: “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 their comfort zone.
“When the totality of our being, and the very essence of our humanity are in violation, patriots must advance to recapture the present; and commit to re-defining the future. For our country, Nigeria, the moment is now.
“The times are marked by rapid tumbling of our core values. These are times in our country when a decision has become imperative for those we have for too long pretentiously told, ‘the future belongs to you’.
“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. The wanton killings currently enveloping the Middle Belt, and many other parts of the country, can indeed become the lot of the entire country.
“The excruciating economic pains of today can indeed become a mere introduction to what lies in the bosom of time for us all.”
Recall that Today’s Echo once hinted on his presidential ambition.
Olusegun Mimiko was Ondo State’s Governor for eight years. He entered on the platform of the Labour Party and decamped to the PDP in his second term. With the emergence of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state in 2016, Mimiko went back the Labour Party and is now expected to be the party’s candidate in the 2019 presidential election.
Shortly after his latest defection to LP, Mimiko explained that he left the PDP out of the conviction to join forces with a political ideology relevant to the need of the present day Nigeria.
According to him, all other parties, including his former party, PDP, run on ideologies that would not serve the purpose of transforming the country.
Iroko, as he is popularly called is putting things in order, but the defeat of his anointed candidate, Eyitayo Jegede in the last gubernatorial elections in Ondo State, signals that he doesn’t have as much hold even in his base any longer.
It remains to be seen as election draws near, how Mimiko intends to win over the support and allegiance of political warlords, strong enough to displace the current administration.
The medical doctor turned politician started his political career as Commissioner for Health following the emergence of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the 1999 governorship election in Ondo state.
Like Fayemi in Ekiti, Mimiko resigned his appointment to contest governorship in Ondo State. Strangely, till date, he remains the only minister to contest and win an election on the platform of another party different from the ruling party. He dared former President Obasanjo and eventually won the election, although his mandate was first replaced by Agagu.
He joined LP on December 14, 2006 to win the election and was inaugurated as the fifth governor of the state. He also won re-election in 2012 beating opposition APC and PDP candidates.