Akeredolu’s death will enhance my chance of becoming Ondo Governor- Jimoh Ibrahim

The senator representing Ondo South, Jimoh Ibrahim, said the death of a former governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, will boost his chances of becoming the next governor.

Ibrahim stated this while speaking with newsmen in Akure.

The senator noted that Akeredolu’s death would not affect his chances but would rather increase the chance of winning the primary and governorship election.

His comment comes after he declared that he was ready to contest the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

He said, “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.

“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,” he said.

Ibrahim also expressed optimism that there would be no imposition of a candidate from the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress and the Presidency.

The senator said President Bola Tinubu would allow a free and fair primary to enable the best candidate to emerge.

“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.”

He noted that economy and security were part of his cardinal programmes for the state, saying there was a need to empower the state Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun, with modern technology to enable it to combat criminals effectively.

“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.

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