Even after his death Kishimoto can not stop to praise Jiraiya. This time by making crystal clear that J-Man was the first choice, most praised and strongest of all Hokage candidate. Even the Sandaime, God of Shinobi, rival could not hope to be Hokage while Jiraiya was around. Jiraiya was really someone on his own league. RIP Jiraiya. You're forever the greatest.