My respect for Tinubu absolute, says Jimoh Ibrahim

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The senator representing Ondo South and one of the governorship aspirants of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April 20 primary, Jimoh Ibrahim, has withdrawn his suit challenging the victory of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Ibrahim hinged his decision on the intervention of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He described his respect for the President as absolute.

Following the declaration of Aiyedatiwa as the winner of the shadow poll conducted by Kogi State Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo-led Election Committee of the APC, Ibrahim approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the victory.

The senator claimed that there was no voting in his senatorial district and many other parts of the state during the primary election.

In a personal statement, titled: “Presidential intervention and notice of withdrawal Suit Number FHC/ABJ/CS/588/2024,” Ibrahim announced the withdrawal of the suit.

The statement reads: “The suit is now withdrawn due to the intervention of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR. The President also called me, had a meeting with me and assured me that he will as a leader of the party improve on internal democracy within our party and I will need to withdraw the case to enable him to chat a way forward.

“I cannot disobey the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because the issue I’m fighting for is not personal. It is simple to improve internal democracy to which the President has promised improvement. My respect for the President is absolute.”

He hailed the President for his timely intervention, saying: “Let me use this opportunity to thank Mr. President for the words of wisdom and encouragement during my meeting with him which lasted over one hour and his various interactions with me on the phone during which he emphasised his commitment to internal democracy over and over again. Thank you, Mr. President.

“The withdrawal of this legendary suit coincided with the first anniversary of Mr. President’s incredible performance in office and this is my gift of the ‘cake’ his decision to efforts made by the party’s candidate, Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, to reach out to him for an amicable settlement of their differences.”

Ibrahim added: “The Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, earlier visited my Asokoro residence for several hours after another unsuccessful visit to my hotel room in Akure.”

Also, Aiyedatiwa has welcome Jimoh Ibrahim’s withdrawal of the suit he filed against the outcome of the April 20 primary election of the APC in Ondo State.

A statement in Akure, the state capital, through the Director of Information of Lucky Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation Foot Soldiers Independent Council (LACO-FSIC) Mr. Kayode Fasua, said: “His (Jimoh Ibrahim’s) consent to the intervention of Mr. President, and that of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa itself, is welcome.

“As a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing Ondo South Senatorial District, he is commended for a proper rumination of his earlier decision to take his party, the APC, and Mr. Governor to court, having sat over the scenario and given vent to a peaceful resolution.

“Together, we move to work together for the people of Ondo State and seek the voters’ mandate of a four-year service, come November 16, this year.”

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