ONDO 2016: Drama As INEC Declares Jimoh Ibrahim As PDP CandidateThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has named billionaire businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim as the rightful candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ondo governorship election, Punch reports. But the PDP has refuted this claim through their twitter handle.
With INEC’s decision, Ibrahim replaces Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) who until now had been the PDP flagbearer in the race to replace Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
INEC was thrown into a quagmire earlier this month when a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja asked it to recognize Mr. Ibrahim as the rightful PDP candidate ahead of the November 26 polls.
This followed a ruling by Justice Okon Abang after the factional war in the PDP led to the submission of two names, with the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led working committee picking Mr. Jegede (SAN), while the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction submitted Ibrahim as its own candidate.
The electoral body had initially stalled on carrying out the court order as the time for substitution of candidates had elapsed at the time, but after due consultation and a reaffirmation of the order of Justice Abang overruling the decision of the Ondo State High court, INEC decided to announce Ibrahim as the rightful candidate.
The commission also named Mr. Alabi Ebenezer Omotayo as his running mate in the poll.
Meanwhile, the official handle of the PDP on twitter – @officialPDPNig, has debunked this announcement, laying claim to an interim injunction restraining INEC from announcing Jimoh Ibrahim as its candidate. PDP insists that Eyitayo Jegede remains their candidate for the Ondo 2016 gubernatorial elections.