June 25, 2024

Senator Jimoh Ibrahim, representing Ondo South Senatorial District, has formally withdrawn his lawsuit aimed at nullifying the primary election that declared Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for the upcoming Ondo State election.

The April 20 primary election saw Aiyedatiwa emerge as the APC candidate, a result that prompted Ibrahim to approach a Federal High Court in Abuja, citing irregularities. However, Ibrahim announced on Tuesday that he decided to withdraw the case following a personal intervention by President Bola Tinubu, who met with him and assured him of efforts to enhance internal democracy within the APC.

“Based on his assurances and leadership, I have decided to withdraw the case to support his efforts to pave a new way forward for our party,” Ibrahim stated.

In his statement titled “Presidential Intervention and Notice of Withdrawal Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/588/2024,” Ibrahim expressed his respect for Tinubu and acknowledged that he could not disobey the President. He emphasized that his legal challenge was not personal but aimed at improving internal party democracy, a cause to which Tinubu pledged commitment.

“The suit is now withdrawn due to the intervention of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR. The President called me and had a meeting with me. He assured me that he would, as the leader of the party, improve on internal democracy within our party, and I would need to withdraw the case to enable him to chart a way forward,” Ibrahim explained.

Governor Aiyedatiwa had also made efforts to resolve the issue, visiting Ibrahim’s Asokoro residence for several hours after an earlier unsuccessful visit to his hotel room in Akure. Ibrahim noted that the President’s intervention was decisive, underscoring his absolute respect for Tinubu.

“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,” Ibrahim added.

He framed the withdrawal of the lawsuit as a gesture to mark the first anniversary of Tinubu’s administration, describing it as his “gift of the cake” to celebrate the President’s performance in office.

Meanwhile, the APC in Igbotako Ward II, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, had suspended Ibrahim, alleging his involvement in anti-party activities. This action was immediately countered by another group of 55 party members from the same ward and local government, who disagreed with the suspension and passed a vote of confidence in Ibrahim.

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