The governorship ambition of Jimoh Ibrahim on Wednesday got a boost as traditional rulers in Akoko area of Ondo State gave their nod for his governorship ambition as candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The monarchs spoke through the Oloba of Oba-Akoko, Oba Adeniyi Adegoroye who hosted the campaign trail to the Northern Senatorial District for the November 26 governorship election.
A statement by Yemi Akintomide of the TheTurnaroundTeam’s Publicity/Communication unit, quoted Oba Adegoroye as saying the Akoko monarchs met at Oka-Akoko on Tuesday to deliberate on the political involvement of the Akokos in this political dispensation, in such a way the section of the state would not loose out it political gains and dividends of democracy.
According to the monarch, “at the meeting, we concluded that its already late for an Akoko man to be the next governor, but we must ensure that we have a political alignment with a particular candidate from the part of the state that agreed to hand over power to our son after his own tenure.
“We’re very conscious of the fact that if we give our votes to our brothers from the South, its will be easy for us as Akokos to expect the governor slot to rotates to the North next dispensation, and particularly, the Akoko part of the North,” the monarch said.
Responding, Ibrahim thanked the monarch for his hospitality and promised to pass the barton of leadership to an Akoko son after his administration, stressing that Akoko would benefit more if he is elected governor.
“If a governor comes from the Owo/Ose part of the North now, that automatically put the Akoko at a tight corner, and this part of the state will have to wait for another sixteen years before it rotates here again.
“If Mimiko had picked an Akoko man or woman as his successor, or someone from Southern Senatorial District; I would not have come out to contest.
“That is the fight we are fighting now; for equity, fairness and justice to every part of this state, and not that a district will hold on to power for sixteen years in a stretch. That is not good enough.
“Specifically Kabiyesi, I also promised to set aside five percent of out Federal monthly allocation to develop our communities through the traditional institution as engine to drive the projects.”
Barrister Ibrahim also paid courtesy visits to palaces of the Olusupare of Supare, Oba Kasali Adejoro; the Olusin of Owalusin, Oba Stephen Ogunoye; and Olubaka of Oka land, Oba Adebori Adeleye.
On the campaign trail were; the deputy state chairman of PDP, Johnson; former Senator from the Southern Senatorial District, Omololu Meroyi; former deputy Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Dare Emiola, Hon. Abiye Ademoyegun and Hon. Sola Akinuli.