Ondo Governorship: cONfuSIon As Billionaire Jimoh Ibrahim Emerges Second PDP Candidate
The Group Managing Director of Energy Group, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim, was yesterday, in Ibadan, elected as the Ondo State gubernatorial candidate of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the PDP for the November 26 election.

The immediate past attorney-general and commissioner for justice in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, who has the support of Governor Olusegun Mimiko, had last week Monday emerged as the winner of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the PDP.

With this development, the PDP has elected two candidates for the election.

The opposition APC would today elect its candidate out of 24 aspirants.

Though the primary poll conducted by the Makarfi-led group, in Akure, was monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), likelihood existed that the party’s candidate would be determined by court, where the two contending national chairmen are battling for legitimacy.

The Sheriff’s faction conducted the primary poll in Ibadan, fearing breakdown of law and order in Akure.

Jimoh Ibrahim polled 502 votes in the PDP governorship primary election held inside the Banquet Hall of the Premier Hotel, Ibadan, with the other aspirant, Olusola Ebiseni, scoring 41 votes. 

Ibrahim was among the five aspirants who jostled for the gubernatorial ticket.

Three others, Mrs. Abiye Ademoyegun, Bamiduro Dada and Niran-Sule Akinsuyi withdrew from the race and declared their support for Ibrahim.

The electoral committee was headed by Barrister Ahmed Gulak, special adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan.

He was supported by Shettima Shehu, Chief Tunji Akinosi, Elder Layi Falaju, Mala Sheriff, Ozo Uchechukwu Ngwu, Bimbo Balogun, Prince Poroye Bill Biyi, Ikenna Nnajioffor, Lawan Gana Karasuwa and the secretary of the committee, Bernand Mikko. 

Ibrahim, in his acceptance speech, pledged to create jobs, establish industrial hub in Ondo State and develop education.

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