Abubakar Ibrahim, son of former governor of Kogi state Ibrahim Idris, has joined the 2019 governorship race in the Confluence state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Concise News learned that Ibrahim obtained his nomination and expression of interest form on Wednesday.
He disclosed that being a son of a former governor does not stop him from being the governor, adding that the sons of former governors and even presidents in the world had been elected in the same office their fathers once held.
Ibrahim said: “Honestly, for those that think I am being imposed, do I look like someone that can be imposed on people? The truth is: most of the aspirants are feeling very jittery. I have not been found wanting, I have not had any issue with anyone. And nobody can concisely say that I have done anything.
“So, my greatest crime now is being my father’s son. And when you look at it critically, even where we borrowed democracy from, George Bush Senior was the 42nd President of the United States of America. George Bush Junior was the 44th President of the United States of America. Nobody had any issue with that.”
He further said: “Now let’s come back to Nigeria. Former Governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji’s son just became the Speaker of the state house of assembly We have seen situations like that in Kwara State.
“Let’s come back to Kogi State. We have found a situation where not only I being a former governor’s son running for governorship, there are two sons of former governors also running for the governorship election. Nobody said anything about that.
”So, why is mine different? So when you zero down on everything, it just comes down to one thing: fear. Those that are saying they are afraid of my candidature. They are not on the ground.”