The Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said its governorship candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim, has obtained the nomination form of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Its chairman, Biyi Poroye, who spoke with reporters in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said the form was
handed over to Ibrahim at the INEC national headquarters in Abuja.
According to him, the form obtained by Ibrahim had given credence to his faction as the authentic PDP in Ondo State.
He said the party’s national secretariat has backed Ibrahim’s ambition.
Poroye added that Ibrahim would represent the party in the November 26 governorship poll.
He hinged the INEC’s decision on a judgment of an Abuja High Court delivered by Justice O.E. Aaba, which affirmed that his tenure as the state PDP chairman would end in 2018.
He alleged that the Chairman of the Ahmed Makarfi faction, Clement Faboyede, was an impostor.
Poroye said the Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, which ruled in favour of Faboyede, did not have the jurisdiction to handle the matter since it involves a political party with a national spread.
He said only a Federal High Court could handle such matter.
He accused the Makarfi faction led by Governor Olusegun Mimiko of abuse of judiciary and warned against action.
On the emergence of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Poroye described it as a welcome development for the PDP.
He said: “We have nothing to fear about Akeredolu, because he will make the contest an easy ride for us. Akeredolu had contested before and we know his strength.”