Former Ondo state governor Olusegun Mimiko

The immediate past governor of Ondo state Olusegun Mimiko has confirmed his withdrawal from the 2019 presidential race.

Report had emerged on Wednesday that Mimiko, a member of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), had pulled out of the race for Nigeria’s topmost office.

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It was learned that Mimiko pulled out of the race to run for the Ondo central senatorial election under the same party.

And Gboye Adegbenro, who had been listed by INEC as the party’s candidate for the senatorial election, has stepped down for Mimiko, who appointed him (Adegbenro) as commissioner of works during his administration.

“It became imperative that I bring to a close, my aspiration to represent Ondo Central Senatorial District at the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at this critical juncture,” he told newsmen in Akure on Thursday.

“More than above, I am convinced that the candidacy of our leader, Mimiko, will better serve the interest of the district now and the overall goal of the south west.

“I am eternally grateful to my constituents, followers and party leaders who have been with us all through the process that culminated into taking this decision and renew my commitment and unalloyed dedication to the Zenith Labour Party.

“I remain a firm believer and supporter of my brother and leader, Mimiko, who invited me into partisan politics and who has always provided selfless leadership.”