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Goodluck Jonathan Jimoh Ibrahim says ex-President begged him to let Mimiko run for second term

Jimoh, who wondered why Mimiko is scared of him, slammed the Ondo Governor, describing him as a heartless man.

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Jimoh Ibrahim.

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The strife between factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deepens as Jimoh Ibrahim criticised Ondo state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko.

The PDP factional governorship candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim, in an interview, slammed the Governor, describing him as a heartless man.

Ibrahim also alleged that former President Goodluck Jonathan begged him to allow Mimiko run for second term, Punch reports.

He said he gave the current Ondo Governor financial and moral assistance during his campaign.

Ibrahim said “I supported him financially, morally and through other means when he showed interest to be governor. I took him round. The current Secretary to the Ondo State Government emerged from my office here in Lagos. During the last election that was held in Ondo, I had prepared to be governor.

“I am happy that former President Goodluck Jonathan is still alive. He called me and said he wanted Mimiko to do a second term. He said people will be abusing us (Peoples Democratic Party) that we are not tolerant of the opposition. He said I should, please, allow him (Mimiko) to be governor. He said in 2016, he would roll out everything in my favour to be the state governor.

“Mimiko then came to my house at the Victoria Garden City, Lagos, and we took pictures together. I gave him advice on how to run the state. This is 2016. He is not talking about it (agreement) again. After they described me as a mole in the PDP, and that I was working for President Muhammadu Buhari, the then President Jonathan stopped talking to me.

“I don’t know why Mimiko is afraid of me. He is my friend. Mimiko is very close to me and my wife. As we speak, he can walk into my house and ask for food. My wife would cook for him. My wife is very close to him. His wife is also very close to me. I was on an international flight when I saw his wife and daughter five months ago.

“We flew on the same flight. I bought gifts for her and her daughter. I flew first class, they were in business class; I went to check them twice in the plane to be sure that they were comfortable. After the flight, Mimiko’s wife and his daughter called to thank me. But Mimiko is heartless. I don’t know what he is scared of.”

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Jimoh Ibrahim is the governorship candidate of the Ali Modu Sherrif faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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