Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
Former governor of Ondo State and presidential candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Mr. Segun Mimiko, on Tuesday in Ibadan, said he had all it takes to turn the country around positively, urging Nigerians to support his aspiration with their votes in the forthcoming general elections.
Mimiko while speaking at a program entitled, "Conversation with Olusegun Mimiko" and attended by thousands of members of the party including youths, said he had programmes for the youth, women and unemployed with a promise that when elected, Nigerians will be equipped with the necessary skills and tools that will be used to move the country forward.
Present at the event include Secretary General, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Mr. Kunle Olajide, National Action Council (NAC) Presidential candidate, Mr. Olapade Agoro, National Chairman of National Conscience Party (NCP), Mr. Yinusa Tanko and Mr. Olufemi Mimiko, amomg others.
He said, "I have a vision for Nigerian youth, youth will be equipped with skills needed to move Nigeria forward. We have the resources, there is no doubt about that. The greatest resource is the human resource, we have it. We have people that can move this country forward. And I want to say it again that I will put together the mass that will move this country forward.
"I see a Nigeria where my children and other children will stand shoulder to shoulder with any person in the world.
"I have been a Commissioner, Secretary to the State Government, Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and governor of my state for eight years. We can't give up on this country and that is why today I am presenting my credentials to you, that is why I am presenting my vision for you today for this country".
While speaking on why he refused to submit his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), discharge certificate to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of 2019 general elections, he said he refused to submit the discharge certificate to INEC because the commission did not state and does not request NYSC discharge certificate as parts of the requirements for candidates seeking to contest the Presidential election in 2019.
He insisted that he served the country as a corps member but he refused to submit NYSC discharge certificate because "INEC does not request for it".
He said, "I have presented my certificates to the INEC, I served the country meritoriously and I have my NYSC discharge certificate. But I did not submit my NYSC discharge certificate because INEC did not request for it. I did not submit it because it is not part of the requirements, that is why I did not submit it to INEC".