Ondo governorship: Jimoh Ibrahim withdraws suit against APC, Aiyedatiwa

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The senator representing Ondo South at the National Assembly and governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Jimoh Ibrahim, has withdrawn his suit challenging the emergence of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa as candidate of the party ahead of the November 16 election in the state.

Addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, Ibrahim said his decision followed President Bola Tinubu’s intervention.

Ibrahim in his speech titled: “Presidential intervention AN ONDO GOVERNORSHIP: JIMOH IBRAHIM WITHDRAWS SUIT AGAINST APC, AIYEDATIWA

THE SENATOR REPRESENTING ONDO SOUTH AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANT ON THE PLATFORM OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS, JIMOH IBRAHIM, HAS WITHDRAWN HIS SUIT CHALLENGING THE EMERGENCE OF GOVERNOR LUCKY AIYEDATIWA AS CANDIDATE OF THE PARTY AHEAD OF THE NOVEMBER 16 ELECTION IN THE STATE.

ADDRESSING NEWSMEN ON TUESDAY IN ABUJA, IBRAHIM SAID HIS DECISION FOLLOWED PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU’S INTERVENTION.

IBRAHIM IN HIS SPEECH TITLED: “PRESIDENTIAL INTERVENTION AND NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL SUIT NO. FHC /ABJ/ CS/588/2024,” SAID TINUBU MET WITH HIM OVER THE MATTER.

HE SAID, “THE PRESIDENT CALLED ME, HAD A MEETING WITH ME, AND ASSURED ME THAT HE WILL AS THE LEADER OF THE PARTY IMPROVE ON INTERNAL DEMOCRACY WITHIN OUR PARTY, AND I WILL NEED TO WITHDRAW THE CASE TO ENABLE HIM TO CHART A WAY FORWARD.

“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.

“I CANNOT DISOBEY THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA BECAUSE THE ISSUE I AM FIGHTING FOR IS NOT PERSONAL.

“IT IS SIMPLY TO IMPROVE INTERNAL DEMOCRACY TO WHICH THE PRESIDENT HAS PROMISED IMPROVEMENT. MY RESPECT FOR THE PRESIDENT IS ABSOLUTE.

“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 TELEPHONE DURING WHICH HE EMPHASIZED HIS COMMITMENT TO INTERNAL DEMOCRACY OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.

“THE WITHDRAWAL OF THIS LEGENDARY SUIT COINCIDES WITH THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF MR. PRESIDENT’S INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE IN OFFICE, AND THIS IS MY GIFT OF THE ‘CAKE’ OF THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY.”D notice of withdrawal suit No. FHC /ABJ/ CS/588/2024,” said Tinubu met with him over the matter.

He said, “The President called me, had a meeting with me, and assured me that he will as the leader of the party improve on internal democracy within our party, and I will need to withdraw the case to enable him to chart a way forward.

“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.

“I cannot disobey the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because the issue I am fighting for is not personal.

“It is simply to improve internal democracy to which the President has promised improvement. My respect for the President is absolute.

“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 telephone during which he emphasized his commitment to internal democracy over and over again. Thank you, Mr. President.

“The withdrawal of this legendary suit coincides with the first anniversary of Mr. President’s incredible performance in office, and this is my gift of the ‘cake’ of the first anniversary.”