Mimiko Pulls out of Presidential Race for Senate

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Olusegun Mimiko

Strong indications emerged last night that former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, has dumped his presidential ambition.

The two-term governor had emerged presidential candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

But a source according to TheCable, said Mimiko has pulled out of the presidential race and will now contest the Ondo central senatorial election on the platform of ZLP.

A former commissioner in his administration, Gboye Adegbenro, had clinched the senatorial ticket and was listed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as ZLP’s candidate in the election.

But a source in Mimiko’s camp told disclosed that Adegbenro has agreed to cede the ticket to the former governor.

“Oga (Mimiko) is now the senatorial candidate of ZLP. He is not contesting for president again,” the source said.

“Adegbenro is his boy; he has already stepped down for him.”

The source added that ZLP has reached an agreement with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the presidential election.

“ZLP is having an agreement with PDP in the presidential election; so, we are no more fielding any candidate,” the source said.

Spokesman of the former governor, Eni Akinsola, could not be reached for comments as calls put to his line were not answered and the text message was also not replied.