Ondo PDP : Ibadan primary a sham, says Ebiseni
An aspirant of the Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State, Mr. Sola Ebiseni, has described the primary of the faction held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, as a sham and unacceptable. The businessman, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, defeated Ebiseni to emerge the candidate of the Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction’s primary, but Ebiseni said the primary was illegal.
Ebiseni who stated this while speaking with our correspondent in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Monday, expressed suspicion on the nomination form reportedly issued to Jimoh Ibrahim by the Independent National Electoral Commission at the Sheriff’s faction’s National Headquarters of the party, saying the form may not be a genuine one.
He said, “It was unfortunate that some people would, out of indiscretion, desecrate the altar of integrity on which the Sheriff ‘s group in Ondo State worship and for which we sought a separate tabernacle in the first place.
“In the Sheriff’s group, the committee that conducted the primary just submitted its report to the NWC on September 6th after my petition has been received, yet purported Certificate of Return dated September 1st , 2016 , has earlier been on display including form CF001 which is supposed to be obtained by the National leadership of the party.
“It is unfortunate that rather than see the Sheriff’s group as a veritable higher credible platform for power, some members, especially the State Executives, merely use it as an engine of vengeance against Mimiko and anyone ever associated with him.
Ebiseni said, though, the fact that he and others came to seek the party’s ticket under Sheriff’s faction added credibility to the group but some members of the group are now treating them with suspicion.
He maintained that Sheriff’s faction was still the authentic faction of the PDP and whoever emerges as the candidate of the faction would be the real candidate of the party for the forthcoming governorship election .