PDP Governorship Candidate, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, has promised to ensure power shift to the Akoko area of the state, if elected.
During his campaign in Akoko areas of the state, yesterday, he told some traditional rulers he visited why they must not vote for APC’s Rotimi Akeredolu because “if a governor comes from the Owo/Ose part of the North now, it automatically puts the Akoko at a tight corner and this part of the state will have to wait for another 16 years before it rotates here again.”
He continued: ‘’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; fight for equity, fairness and justice to every part of this state, and not that a district will hold on to power for 16 years at a stretch. That is not good enough.’’
He promised to pass the baton of leadership to an Akoko son after his administration, stressing that Akoko people would benefit more if they support him to become the governor.
The candidate also promised to set aside five percent of monthly Federal allocation to develop the communities through the traditional institution as the engine to drive projects.
Responding, the monarchs, who spoke through the Oloba of Oba-Akoko, Oba Adeniyi Adegoroye, said they had met at Oka-Akoko on the political involvement of the Akokos in this political dispensation and resolved to ensure that the area did not lose out in the sharing of political gains and dividends of democracy.
“At the meeting, we agreed that we should have a political alignment with a particular candidate from any part of the state that agrees to hand over power to our son after his tenure. We are very conscious of the fact that if we give our votes to our brothers from the South, it will be easy for us as Akokos to expect the governor slot to rotate to the North in next dispensation, and particularly, the Akoko part of the North,” he said.