Ondo Election Jimoh Ibrahim joins governorship race, woos Sheriff, others

It was gathered that Ibrahim is also in talks with the factional chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, over plans to take the party structure from Mimiko. 

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Billionaire Jimoh Ibrahim has reportedly returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to seek the party's ticket for the Ondo State governorship race.

According to a Sahara Reporters source, the businessman is gearing up to launch his campaign, as he has started wooing the aggrieved members of the party to his side.

“These are original members. They were in the party when Governor Segun Mimiko came from the Labour Party to seize the PDP structure. They are aggrieved because they consider themselves original owners of the party,” the source was quoted as saying.        

It was gathered that Ibrahim is also in talks with the factional chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, over plans to take the party structure from Mimiko.                              

Report said it has been agreed at a meeting held in Abuja that former members of the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), of which Ibrahim and Sheriff were members, will be used as mercenaries.

Crisis rocked the PDP in the state following Mimiko's support for Eyitayo Jegede, former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, as his successor.

Jegede resigned from his position as a Commissioner to contest the governorship election, which is expected to hold in November.

“How can Mimiko, who is from the Central Senatorial District, still want to install Jegede, who is also from the same district, as his successor? This is not acceptable," an anonymous aggrieved party member was quoted as saying.

“Mimiko purposely picked Jegede because he knows he would cover-up all his atrocities, but we will not accept that.”

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Two Commissioners serving under Mimiko - Sola Ebeseni and Bamiduro Dada, and seeking the governorship ticket of the party, had recently resigned from the cabinet because of Mimiko's support for Jegede.

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