Former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has declared his interest to run for Presidency in the 2019 general elections.
Mimiko who will be running under the platform of the Labour Party (LP) has promised security, restructuring and youth empowerment as his top agenda.
He made the announcement at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday while giving his declaration speech titled “Because We Care”.
He said, “I am running because, like many Nigerians, I am sick and tired of seeing our country become the butt of jokes everywhere you travel to around the world. I am running because I know we can do better, and we will do better.
“I know this because anywhere Nigerians find themselves, no matter the situation, we always rise above adversity. We don’t just survive, we thrive.
“It is high time we replicated in our country, that indomitable spirit of Nigerians, that spirit of accomplishment, which has made stars of individual Nigerians all over the world. The only way to do this is by electing capable hands. It is by electing a great president that can drive this national vehicle to greatness.
“It is indeed only in the context of a restructured system that the hope for a strong, stable and functional Nigeria lies”.
Mimiko further stated that the manifesto detailing his plan of action will be made public soon.
Before contesting as Governor of Ondo State in 2007, he had served as a Minister under the Obasanjo administration.
He was also the Secretary to the State Government and a two-time Commissioner for Health in the state.
While he was governor, he initiated the Abiye Safe Motherhood programme, which was aimed at reducing infant and mortality rate.
On his part, the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Abdulkadir Abdusalam, said Nigeria can restore its glory and reclaim its greatness if Mimiko is given the opportunity to lead.
He said he was confident in the ability and passion of the presidential hopeful to set new narratives for the country.
Abdulsalam said until Nigeria was able to provide basic amenities for the people, and take care of its population, the country cannot be called the giant of Africa.
Present at the declaration were: Peter Ojonugba Ameh who doubles as the Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council and Chairman Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Chairman of National Conscience Party, Tanko Yunusa and the Chairman Alliance of Social Democrats, Dr Emeka Okengwu.