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- The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) announces in Abuja that it has officially withdrawn from the 2019 presidential race

- Gboye Adegbenro, a former Ondo state commissioner for works, says he is dropping his senatorial ambition after having consulted far and wide with his family, business associates, followers and constituents

- Adegbenro says he is convinced that the candidacy of Olusegun Mimiko, will better serve the interest of Ondo central senatorial district now and the overall goal of the south west

The former Ondo state commissioner for works, Gboye Adegbenro, has dropped his senatorial ambition to allow his former boss, Olusegun Mimiko to replace him.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) on Thursday, November 15, in Abuja, announced that it has officially withdrawn from the presidential race and its candidate, Mimiko would now be fielded for senate.

Adegbenro, who is the Ondo central senatorial candidate of the ZLP, said in Akure on Thursday that he has withdrawn for Mimiko.

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“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 said.

According to him, having consulted far and wide with his family, business associates, followers and constituents, he is bowing out before the full race commences in the interest of the party and state.

More than the 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 processes that culminated into taking this decision and renew my commitment and unalloyed dedication to the Zenith Labour Party.

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“l 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,” he said.

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday, November 15, alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari is delaying unemployment data because of 2019 general elections.

Daily Trust reports that Atiku made this known in a statement by his presidential campaign organisation said the President Buhari's administration has not been able to provide the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) the funds it needs to perform its functions.

However, reports have emerged that the statistician-general of Nigeria, Yemi Kale, in a statement said that the body does not have enough funds to release the latest unemployment data.

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