Mimiko says he’s shocked at INEC’s decision to pick Jimoh Ibrahim

Ibrahim was chosen as the official PDP candidate by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, October 27.

Former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, rejoins the LP

Ibrahim was chosen as the official PDP candidate by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, October 27.

Mimiko made his comments on Friday, October 28, after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

“I am shocked. In logic, in law, in politics, there is no basis for this decision whatsoever,” he said.

“This action potentially can cause a breach of peace. We see this action as potentially dangerous. It can cause conflagration in the state and that is why as the chief security officer of the state, I have come to alert Mr. President of the potential danger of this injustice so that we can nip it in the bud.

“In the last seven and half years, we have done everything possible to put good governance on the table and promote peace. Only around 7 or 8 pm on Thursday did we get to know that INEC for no justifiable reason had substituted the name of Jegede and replaced it with that of Ibrahim.

“The question to ask is on whose order has INEC done that? Apart from the fact that we have two restraining orders on INEC, the commission knows fully well that Jimoh Ibrahim’s primary was in Ibadan.

“There was no report by security agencies that the security situation in Ondo state warranted the movement of the primary to Ibadan or anywhere outside the state for that matter. Under INEC guidelines, the time for substitution of candidates has even elapsed," he added.

Ibrahim’s emergence caused controversy due to his replacement of Eyitayo Jegede who is the candidate of the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP.

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