The factional governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the forthcoming election in Ondo State, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, has declared that he is not new in the politics of the state.
He said he would not embark on an aggressive campaign to win the November 26 governorship election, saying he was on a familiar terrain
He stated this on Monday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, while speaking with journalists.
Ibrahim, who was declared the candidate of the PDP by the Independent National Electoral Commission after receiving a court order, added that he would need little introduction to the electorate in the state.
He said, “This is not my first time of running for the governorship of the state. In 2003, I ran for the governorship election in the state under the All Nigeria Peoples Party. So, politics is not new to me and I’m not like those people who are running for the first time. I need not to 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 very impressive result at the last engagement when I ran for the governorship of this state. It is my ambition to become the governor of this state and I’m back to realise that ambition.”
Ibrahim, who described the Ahmed Markafi faction’s candidate of the party, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), as new in the state politics, advised him “to take his time.”
He said, “It took me from 2008 to the present date to gain this political legitimacy. You cannot come just in one day and begin to think you can win election like that.”
Speaking on his plan for the people of the state if eventually elected, Ibrahim said he would give priority to the prompt payment of workers’ salaries and expose them to training and retraining.
He stated, “I need to take the state from the hopeless situation it is now to a very hopeful situation. I need to take away injustice, we cannot afford to have a senatorial district producing governors for 16 years at a go. That is injustice, that is hopeless and we will not allow that, and that will not happen in Ondo State.”