Ondo Election PDP faction rejects Jimoh Ibrahim, says INEC is biased

According to INEC, the decision to name Jimoh Ibrahim as the party's candidate was based on a Federal High Court order.

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caretaker committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi.

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The Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected Jimoh Ibrahim as the party's candidate for the Ondo governorship election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, October 27 named Ibrahim the party's flag-bearer for the election in its final list of approved candidates.

The Commission said it recognised Ibrahim over Eyitayo Jegede who was presented by the Makarfi faction based on a Federal High Court ruling of October 14 presided over by Justice Okon Abang.

But the faction condemned INEC's move, describing it as biased.

The Publicity Secretary of the faction, Mr. Banji Okunomo, said the commission declared Ibrahim as the party's candidate despite a court order restraining it.

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A High Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State had on Wednesday, October 26, issued a restraining order against INEC from recognising Ibrahim as the PDP candidate.

"That is INEC‘s candidate and not PDP’s candidate and it is unfortunate that the INEC that is supposed to be an unbiased electoral umpire has allowed itself to be used by those whose intention is to truncate the nascent democracy we have in this country," he said.

Reacting to INEC's declaration, Sheriff said it is victory for the rule of law.

He urged Jegede and his supporters to work with Ibrahim to win the election, pointing that they both belong to the same party.

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