I will Win Ondo Governorship Race Without Campaigning- Jimoh Ibrahim Boasts

By Ikenga Chronicles November 8, 2016

I will Win Ondo Governorship Race Without Campaigning- Jimoh Ibrahim Boasts

The factional Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) governorship aspirant ,  Ibrahim Jimoh on  Monday declared that he did not need to campaign aggressively to win the forthcoming election in the state. Jimoh , who spoke during a parley with journalists in Akure, the state capital, noted that he was on familiar terrain, and that he did not need much introduction to the electorate in the state, as he had paid his dues.

“This is not my first time of running for the governorship of the state. In 2003 I ran for the governorship of the state under the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). So politics is not new and I’m not like those people who are running for the first time. I need not do all the work by moving to all the nooks and crannies of Ondo State.”

“I am not new to the people of Ondo State, I ran before and I had a very impressive result at the last engagement when I ran for the governorship of this state. It’s my ambition to become the governor of this state and I’m back to realise that ambition,” he said.


Speaking on the choice of Jegede by the Markafi faction of the party in the state, he said: “Jegede is brand new in the system. He’s new, so let him take his time. It took me from 2008 to the present date to attain this political legitimacy. You cannot come just in one day and begin to think you can win an election like that in Ondo State. Nobody can just come and enter like that. Take your time and queue behind,” he added.

Jimoh debunked the general perception that he has no political structures in the state and that he was in the race as a spoiler to ensure that Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s choice for governor, Jegede, does not emerge the candidate of the PDP or win the election.

Jimoh said: “Even a blind man knows that we are running for the governorship of the state. I don’t need to pay back Mimiko at this time and if I have anything against Mimiko I can sue him at the end of his tenure and who told you that the fight ends when he finishes office. If I have any petition against him I can write it after he leaves office.”

If elected, Jimoh said priority would be given to the prompt payment of workers’ salaries in the state while workers would be exposed to training and re-training to ensure they are the best in the country.

“I need to take the state from the hopeless situation in which it is, to a very hopeful situation. I need to take away injustice, we cannot afford to have a senatorial district producing governors for 16 years. That is complete injustice, that is hopelessness and we will not allow that, and that will not happen in Ondo State.”

“My priority is the payment of outstanding salaries of the workforce because it is the workforce that can deliver the dividends of democracy or deliver efficiency and effectiveness. The public service is really my own major focus. I want them to be trained and retrained and I want them to be first among equals in the public service spectrum in Nigeria.”

“I’m not coming to close people’s businesses down, I’m going to encourage entrepreneurs to ensure efficiency and capacity development, a strategy for innovation in the work force,” he concluded


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