Jimoh Ibrahim Declares Interest in Ondo Governor

The senator representing Ondo South, Jimoh Ibrahim, has stated his interest in running for the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

He stated this on Thursday, in Akure, stating that the death of the former governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, will enhance his chances of becoming the next governor.

Ibrahim also expressed hope that the All Progressives Congress national leadership and the presidency wouldn’t impose a candidate.

Ibrahim added that President Bola Tinubu would permit a fair and open primary so that the strongest candidate could win.

He said, “I’m declaring my intention to run for the governorship election of Ondo State. Among the contestants, I am the oldest. I have contested election twice in my lifetime, one of which I contested for governorship position in 2003, and none of these contestants was on that ballot.

“The President will never say that we should go and work for the incumbent governor. He can only appeal that maybe he prefers one person if you can prefer him and if you cannot, go and do your election. So the President cannot say that I have taken this person so all of you should go and sit down. Even Buhari who is very clueless about anything can never do that.”

“Maybe the death of Aketi has enhanced my chances because Aketi is a human being, he can be subjectively objective at the last minute. But now that he is no more, that possibility is written off completely. So whoever is there, wants to run for governor will meet me at the field.

“So Aketi’s death doesn’t affect my chances at all, but it would rather enhance my chances to win the governorship position of this state. So we are working seriously to win this election,” Ibrahim stressed.

“My programmes are very straightforward, we are to create moral efficiency and moral knowledge and make the body more efficient. We must also map Ondo State borders for a security network and then ensure that we will never have any cases of kidnapping, by making Amotekun a classic unique security outfit that will come with a good strategy to challenge any security issues in our state.

“So one of the areas we are looking at is to ensure that everybody in Ondo state can go to sleep with their eyes closed and that’s top most of our priority. Mapping every systems, the tactical operations of Amotekun have to come more distinct into technology, I want an Amotekun that is Information Technology informed because I have PhD in war, ” he stressed

Numerous APC candidates have expressed interest in the race as the state’s political parties’ primary approaches.

Others include the incumbent governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, a former Commissioner for Finance, Mr Wale Akinterinwa,  a former Member of the House of Representatives Mr Mayowa Akinfolarin, the former Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Oladunni Odu ( who is only the female among the aspirants), a former governorship aspirant of the APC, Chief Olusola Oke, Dr Paul Akintelure, Brig-Gen Olamide Ohunyeye (retd), among others.

Recall that Akeredolu passed away in December 2023 while undergoing treatment for prostate cancer in a German hospital. His deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa was sworn in as the substantive governor of the state after his demise.

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