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Akeredolu’s death raises stakes in Ondo governorship race, as Jimoh Ibrahim declares candidacy

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According to reports in PUNCH, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim, representing Ondo South, has thrown his hat into the ring for the upcoming gubernatorial election in Ondo State.

Ibrahim, seizing the moment, expressed confidence that the recent demise of former Governor Rotimi Akeredolu would bolster his chances of clinching the coveted position.

Speaking in Akure on Thursday, Ibrahim underscored his optimism, asserting that there would be no imposition of candidates from the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Presidency.

“I’m declaring my intention to run for the governorship election of Ondo State. Among the contestants, I am the oldest,” Ibrahim stated.

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He recalled his previous bids for office, including a gubernatorial run in 2003, highlighting his enduring commitment to public service.

Addressing concerns about potential interference from higher authorities, Ibrahim dismissed the notion of undue influence, particularly from President Bola Tinubu.

He asserted that Tinubu would uphold democratic principles, facilitating a free and fair primary to identify the most qualified candidate.

The senator emphasized that Akeredolu’s passing would not diminish his prospects but rather enhance his electoral viability.

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With Akeredolu out of the equation, Ibrahim envisaged a level playing field, positioning himself as a formidable contender.

“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,” Ibrahim remarked.

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