The former candidate of PDP in Ondo State, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, has congratulated Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu who is awaiting his declaration as winner of the polls.
Akeredolu is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who has clinched 14 of the 17 local governments already declared.
Jimoh Ibrahim was until Tuesday the candidate of the PDP, but was replaced following the Court of Appeal ruling in favour of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede.
Even though INEC has not yet declared Akeredolu as the governor-elect, Ibrahim, in a statement, congratulated Akeredolu.
“My dear egbon. Congratulations. I have computed the results sent to me from 2907 wards by my party agents across Ondo State.
“It shows you are leading with unrecoverable margin. I congratulate you as governor-elect of our lovely state. I will advise you quickly maintain distance from Mimiko if you want to succeed.
“I have no doubt that you will urgently create hope for our people; kindly do whatever you can to assist your lovely civil servants. I saw poverty in those villages I visited during campaign. Please kindly assist traditional rulers as much as you can,’’ he said in a statement on Sunday.
Ibrahim also called on Akeredolu to probe the administration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko by auditing all public accounts and recovering stolen funds.