SENATOR Jimoh Ibrahim That I Know By Adesoji OMOSEBI

Senator Jimoh Ibrahim
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SENATOR Jimoh Ibrahim, is the Senator of the federal republic of Nigeria, representing Ondo State South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.


‘Chief Araba’ as he is fondly called, is an indigene of Igbotako in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State. He clocked 57-year-old on February 18, 2024.


Jimoh Ibrahim is a different personality to different people, some see him as a Lawyer, some as a businessman, some as a Philanthropist, even some as a giver but for me, I see him as my benefactor wayback in 1988.


My brother, Lad Noble of blessed memory took me to his palatial resident at the Victoria Garden City, VGC in Lagos as an applicant seeking employment.


It was at the time he wanted to build fuel station on a swampy land of over one acre of land along Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lagos in 1998.  After my brother formally introduced him to me, I always journeyed from Ilasamaja on the mainland to VGC from time to time not minding the distance. It is from one end to the other.



It was either I meet him at the site supervising his project or at home. Most times I would be there till evening from where I always have my lunch. All this while, he was monitoring me, unknown to me.


After almost a year of my persistence and regular visits, he called me and asked, which of the two banks would I prefer to work?


He mentioned Fidelity Bank and Oceanic Bank International.  At the time, Fidelity Bank was not as popular as Oceanic Bank, I was a bit confused but I chose Fidelity Bank over Oceanic.  He gave me a handwritten note to the Human Resources.


It was on that day I got to know that you need somebody to become somebody. Immediately I handed the letter to the HR Head, I was invited for an Interview.

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In summary, I was employed by Fidelity Bank to work at the VGC Branch inside his Mega Petrol Station he built housing the Oceanic Bank on the Ground Floor while Fidelity Bank was on the next floor.


Our relationship became cordial anytime he visited our bank for his bank transactions I would attend to him. I was also close to his family.


What I noticed in him, he doesn’t believe anything is impossible, he supervised his work and he is a no nonsense man.  He can be ruthless to get things done.


One incident that called my attention was when he sacked his Personal Assistant, P.A. whom I was told they were once a classmate in  secondary school. Why did he sack him?  As I tried to wade into the issue, he said he can never call him back because he breached the trust he reposed in him.

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He investigated the man and found out he had a secret account with the bank I worked, he said he invited him for enquiry, he denied ever opening any account. That was the bone of contention.




Let me fast-forward this piece to the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election held, April 20, 2024.


Was the election free, fair and credible?  Only the incumbent Governor, Lucky Orimisan Ayedatiwa and his loyalists can lay claim to it that it was free and fair.



Meanwhile, the Ondo South Senatorial District I monitored, election was not held.  Many people waited till the afternoon without electoral officials. Other Senatorial Districts witnessed intimidation and threat to their lives and elections did not hold.

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Jimoh Ibrahim that I know is a rugged, brilliant, articulate, intelligent man with sense of tenacity to see things to logical conclusion. He is courageous to a fault that many of his critics say he is too proud and arrogant.


Is he stubborn? One may not be too far from it because he will put everything at his disposal to fight a cause with or without any external support once he believed in it.


We should not forget in a hurry the election of Rotimi Akeredolu for the Second Term in office, Jimoh was instrumental to the defeat of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), the rest is now history.


Former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko will never forget Jimoh Ibrahim in a hurry.

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I told those who cared to listen that Jimoh Ibrahim will never accept the APC primary election and that he will fight it to the end.  That was when he has not even reacted to the outcome of the election.


My personal opinion is this, if the election had been conducted without any violence, intimidation and allowed to hold peacefully, Ayedatiwa would have won with the power of incumbency but because politician is used to rock the boat, rigging of election cannot be separated from Nigerian politicians.  It is in their genes.






1)  As Jimoh Ibrahim will be ready to fight to the Supreme Court, APC might not field any candidate for November 16, governorship election.


2)  If APC refused to shift grounds for political settlement, there is possibility that the party will be defeated at the poll, due to frustration and distraction.

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Jimoh Ibrahim will surely perform to his best because he will make sure he monitored and supervised everything including all projects.  He wake up at the middle of the night to supervise his projects to make sure it is done to his taste.



If anyone is caught in any sharp practices, it is either the contract is revoked or persons involved will be arrested. We need such a hard man at the helm of affairs.



One challenge about him is, he is unpredictable, you cannot predict his next line of action.  He is controversial.



I visited his country home at Igbotako last year, few months to his Senatorial election, I asked if he can still recognize me, he said why not.  I told him about my brother’s death and echoed what was reportedly said in the media that if he should win the senatorial seat, he will restore electricity back to Ikale and Ilaje area in 100 days.

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He denied he ever said so, he said he has never given any specific time limit but that he will work on it.  The residents are earnestly waiting to see the light after over 15 years in darkness.



Once the ‘Olowo Ori, Oko’ Mrs Modupe Jimoh set his minds on something he must have done his homework well.



If APC do not want their boat to be rocked on November 16, 2024 governorship election, the earlier the better they settle with this man that I know will not shift grounds.

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