No vacancy in Ondo Govt. House, Aiyedatiwa declares

…You’re a joker – Jimoh Ibrahim

Ahead of the governorship primary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has declared no vacancy in the state government house.

Aiyedatiwa said he had the required political structures and that the stakeholders in the state were asking him to continue what he described as his good works.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after his screening at the national secretariat of the APC Friday in Abuja, Governor Aiyedatiwa said within the few months that he assumed office the Ondo state people had seen clearly that he is the best man of the job.

He said: “You see, we are all indigenes of Ondo state and we are all qualified to run to be the Governor of Ondo state, but there is a sitting governor, no vacancy. That’s what I am saying that I have the structures; the people and the competence.

“Within the few months that I assumed office they have seen clearly that this is the best man of the job. Yes because of the peace in the state and some of the programmes that have been rolled out to the people.

“In fact, like I said the other time, my coming out to continue as Governor of Ondo state wasn’t borne out of my own ambition or desire but because of the yearnings and aspirations of the people; the endorsement of the traditional rulers, the students, artisans, everybody; the community leaders, even the civil servants, everybody are happy with the current state (of affairs); peace and security, and people are going about their businesses without fear.”

When asked whether he has confidence of winning the forthcoming governorship primary, Aiyedatiwa said, “When the people are calling me that I should continue, these are people that are going to vote, they are clamouring for me, they’re the ones that will vote; I can’t install myself, it is the people.”

Responding to the governor’s comments when asked after his screening by the APC officials, the senator representing Ondo South, Chief Jimoh Ibrahim, described Aiyedatiwa as “a joker.”

He said, “He’s joking. It is a big joke. He can’t continue in government with P8, P7. The governor is joking, big joke, huge joke he is cracking with you. He is out of that place by the time we finish primary next week, he is gone and there is nothing virtually he can do about it.

“I don’t normally go against people, to me, clear everybody, let them go for primary, let the electorate determine. I have won election as senator; I won in six of the six local government areas, 65 of the 66 wards, 111,677 votes against Agboola Ajayi 60,000 votes.

“There is no vacancy between now and February next year, no doubt, but after February, his one year term will be exhausted and then there’ll be a vacancy.”