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Gov Akeredolu’s death enhanced my chances of becoming governor – Sen Jimoh

Senator Jimoh Ibrahim, representing Ondo South, has announced his intentions to run for the upcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

While speaking in Akure today, He expressed confidence that President Bola Tinubu would ensure the most deserving candidate emerges through a transparent primary process.

The Senator, the oldest among the contestants, said the death of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had enhanced his chances of winning the elections.

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 elections twice in my lifetime, one of which I competed for a 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 choose him; 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 entirely. So whoever is there who wants to run for governor will meet me in 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 said.

Ibrahim said he would ensure that the state never experienced kidnapping or any form of insecurity as he would revamp the Amotekun corps to a classic, efficient, and technology-compliant security outfit.

“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 ensure that we will never have any cases of kidnapping by making Amotekun a classic, unique security outfit that will come with an excellent 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 sleep with their eyes closed, and that’s topmost of our priority. Mapping every system, the tactical operations of Amotekun have to become more distinct in technology. I want an Amotekun that is Information Technology informed because I have PhD in war, ” he stressed.

Numerous aspirants from the APC have expressed their interest in the governorship position. Among them, alongside Jimoh Ibrahim, are the incumbent governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa; 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 (the only female contender), a former APC governorship hopeful, Chief Olusola Oke, Dr. Paul Akintelure, Brig-Gen Olamide Ohunyeye(Rtd), among others.

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