The lawmaker representing Ondo South, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim, has revealed that the death of the former governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, is an edge for him to become the next governor.
The lawmaker said this while declaring his intention to contest the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Ibrahim also expressed optimism that there would be no imposition of a candidate from the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress and the Presidency, according to Politics Nigeria.
The senator noted that President Bola Tinubu would allow a free and fair primary to enable the best candidate to emerge.
His words: “I’m declaring my intention to run for the governorship election of Ondo State. Among the contestants, I am the oldest. I have contested election twice in my lifetime, one of which I contested for governorship position in 2003, and none of these contestants was on that ballot.
“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. So whoever is there, wants to run for governor will meet me at 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 stressed.