Ahead of 2019 general election and party primaries, a former Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly and immediate past Special Adviser to the state governor on Community development, Rt Hon Victor Olabimtan on Sunday denied the report that he has withdrawn from the Ondo North senatorial race on the platform of the APC.
The former speaker said he was still pursuing his aspiration to unseat the incumbent, Prof Ajayi Boroffice.
Five eminent sons of Akoko, including Boroffice, two lawyers – Dr Tunji Abayomi, Pastor Ipinsagba and Nat Adojutelegan – as well as Olabimtan are jostling for Ondo North senatorial ticket.
In a statement, Olabimtan said: "It has come to my notice that some unscrupulous propagandists are spreading fake news that I have withdrawn from the race to clinch the Ondo North senatorial ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and subsequently stepped down for another candidate. This news is as fake as its mongers and purported beneficiary.
"All my life, I have never been driven by selfishness; rather, my focus has always been the common good of all. I am, therefore, in this race not for self-aggrandisement but to further make myself available for God to use as He pleases.
"The belief that God will do everything for man is as untenable as the belief that man can do everything for himself. It is based on a lack of faith. We must learn that to expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith but superstition."
Olabimtan noted that instead of joining the bandwagon of those complaining about the poor representation at the National Assembly, he was putting himself forward to make positive change in Ondo North Senatorial District.
He said though the journey had been arduous, but the overwhelming support from the people encouraged him to move on.
The former Speaker expressed appreciation for the support and efforts of his political leaders, supporters, followers, associates and well-wishers, promising not to disappoint them.
He said: "I am still very much in the race. The 'step-down' rumour is the imagination and wishful thinking of some desperate elements."