The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) has
announced the withdrawal of its presidential candidate, Mr Olusegun Mimiko from the 2019 presidential election.
The National Chairman of the party, Mr Dan Nwanyanwu made the announcement at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.
He said the party would approach the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw Mimiko’s name and file same for the Senate.
According to him, looking at the political barometer, Nigerians have zoned the office of the president to the North.
He said the North had produced two powerful candidates –
President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President, Atiku
Nwanyanwu said Mimiko has the records to show and the
capacity to replicate what he did in Ondo across the country.
“We are starting the process to persuade Mimiko to withdraw
and take a senatorial ticket; after all, we need strong men at the
senate to pass the necessary laws after the election next year.
“He is a loyal party member and I can assure you, with the
discussions we have had, by tomorrow we should be filing his
name as a senatorial candidate after withdrawing it from the
“ZLP will be part and parcel of the making of a new president,
we shall support one of the big parties but that is left to the
party to meet and decide.
“We have to look at all the options and all that has happened
since 2015, what is on ground and who is able to deliver for
the common good,” he said.
Nwanyanwu said that there were too many candidates running
for the 2019 presidential elections.
According to him, these candidates have formed themselves
into groups, supporting one presidential candidate or the other.
“It does not work like that and we should stop deceiving
ourselves, the election for next year appears to be between the
incumbent president and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
of the PDP.
“I do not know how people will keep deceiving themselves; if
you are a presidential candidate of a party and you are either
supporting Buhari or Atiku, it does not work, that is deceit.
“Drop your presidential ticket, narrow it down so that votes
would not be lost.
“If you pretend to be a candidate and close to election, your
people will meet, an agreement is reached and then you
announced you are supporting Buhari or Atiku; you should not
be taken seriously,” he said.
Nwanyanwu said that such candidates have between now and
Saturday to withdraw their presidential candidacy to support
anybody of their choice.
He said it was important to do so to avoid confusion and
possible loss of votes in the 2019 presidential race.
Nwanyanwu said that every vote is important in the 2019
presidential election urging contestant willing to drop at the last
minute to do so before Nov. 17 to cut down the number of
names on the ballot paper.
“Withdrawing close to the election will not make any meaning
but withdrawing early enough will reduce the number of names
on the ballot paper.
“This is because those in the villages who wanted to vote for
you and does not know what you are doing here in Abuja will
still go on to vote for you and such votes will be lost, this is to
avoid confusion,” he added. (NSent from Yahoo Mail on Android