The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party has said that it will only work with Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) as its candidate in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
It said it would not work with Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, who was on Thursday announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the party’s candidate.
Spokesperson for the faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, stated this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
Adeyeye alleged that the process that threw up Ibrahim was illegal.
He said, “We reject in its totality the announcement of INEC of the list of candidates for the Ondo State governorship election on which the names of Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim and Alabi Omotayo as candidate and running mate of our party were published respectively.
“In announcing its list, INEC completely disregarded the order of Justice Olamide of the Ondo State High Court restraining INEC from substituting the name of our candidate, Jegede choosing instead to pay heed to the order given by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court.
“These actions have resulted in massive protests in many parts of Ondo State as the Ondo people have taken to the streets to show displeasure at the schemes to deny them of the candidate of their choice for the governorship election.
“It is most unfortunate that INEC and external forces are seeking to make Jimoh Ibrahim, who is not a member of our party and who did not participate in our primaries which INEC itself has admitted, the candidate of our party through the back door.”
However, the faction of the party under the control of Senator Ahmed Makarfi said Ibrahim remains the choice of the party.
It called on all its members, including the Makarfi group, to work with the candidate who he said, would defeat others to win the election.
The National Secretary of the faction, Prof. Wale Oladipo, who stated this in an interview with our correspondent, said Governor Olusegun Mimiko would be expected to lead Ibrahim’s campaign as the leader of the party in the state.