Ondo 2016: INEC Shuns Court Order on Jimoh Ibrahim, as Sheriff Distance Self from Choice of Candidate
LAGOS OCTOBER 26TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has shunned the court order that asked it to recognize business mogul, Jimoh Ibrahim of the Senator Sheriff’s faction of the People’s Democratic Party as the authentic governorship candidate of the party ahead of the November governorship election.
On the list, Akin Enoch Zerubabel Olowookere and his 72-year old running mate, Yahaya Ipinloju was listed.
The released list according to INEC is the final list of the candidates participating in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
On the list, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) is seen as the flag-bearer for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Rotimi Akeredolu as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Conspicuously, the names of Jimoh Ibrahim and Olusola Oke were omitted from the final list released by the commission.
Ibrahim is the factional candidate of the PDP while Oke is the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD)
Meanwhile, the factional National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, has said he would not take sides in any conflict over the choice of the party’s candidate for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
He said this in a statement by his media aide, Inuwa Bwala, on Tuesday.
Mr. Sheriff had been linked to controversies over who, between Eyitayo Jegede and Jimoh Ibrahim, should be picked by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the party’s candidate for the election.
While Mr. Ibrahim emerged victorious at the primary election held by the Sheriff faction, Mr. Jegede won the one held by the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.
“Sheriff wishes to state that, as a law abiding leader, he is bound by whoever INEC publishes as both candidates in contention are respectable members of the PDP, and he will treat their issues based on merits and in accordance with the law,” the statement said.