The Senator Ali Modu Sheriff camp of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State is currently  engulfed in crisis, as an aggrieved governorship aspirant, Mr Olusola Ebiseni, who participated in the Ibadan primaries has described the Ibadan primaries as an illegal, anti-democratic contraption that cannot stand

Ebiseni  expressed suspicion on the nomination form allegedly issued to the factional governorship candidate, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The aggrieved aspirant said, “With the current position of things at the national headquarters of the party, the form may not be a genuine one.” The faction conducted the governorship primaries in Ibadan, Oyo State, with Mr Ibrahim polling 502 votes as against Ebiseni’s 21 votes. Three other aspirants; including Bamiduro Dada, Niran Sule and Abiye Ademuyegun stepped down for Ibrahim leaving only Ebiseni, who went ahead to partake in the contest. Addressing newsmen in Akure, yesterday, Ebiseni  described the Ibadan exercise “as one fraught with irregularities and a mockery of democracy.” He added that he has  petitioned the Appeal Committee of the party to redress the matter. The immediate past Commissioner for Environment, under Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s

        The immediate past Commissioner for Environment, under Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s administration said: “Our grouse is that what took place in Ibadan could not be referred to as any form of election by any stretch of the imagination. “There was no means of identifying who really were delegates. The fact that there were no delegates’ list or register means there was no accreditation of any form. That makes the entire process faulty.” “How could an election which lasted barely an hour have involved accreditation of almost 1000 delegates?”, he queried. Ebiseni also expressed concern that the faulty conduct of the Ibadan primary “had made a mess of the desire for integrity which made him and others  seek redress in Sheriff’s faction.” On the INEC nomination being brandished by Ibrahim, Ebiseni said: “I have seen forms displayed on social media by several claimants to the candidacy of the PDP and I think that it is either some people are playing pranks or INEC is just enjoying itself by such shenanigans.” While stating that he had written to the National Secretariat on the way forward, Ebiseni said the current situation “will make the crisis linger even after the general election as rather than campaigning, the two sides are waiting for waiting for the courts to make a decision.”

            Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the Makarfi faction, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, yesterday has added fuel to the fire in the Ondo PDP by  dismissed insinuations that the party is factionalized, saying those parading themselves as factional PDP members are empty barrels. Jegede, who spoke in Akure during an interactive session with party supporters  insisted that the party “is one and indivisible party.” According to him, “The author of a factional PDP in Ondo State is not a PDP member, all those who entered the train cannot but be stranded. Let me tell you the fact. All those canvassing the factional PDP thing are empty barrels and should be ignored.” Besides, he said “this is how you will know they are unserious people: All the PDP governors are under the leadership of Makarfi; all PDP senators are for Makarfi, House of Reps member, Makarfi, and the Board of Trustees, Makarfi. So, how would they manufacture a PDP without people, without leaders? That is how you will know that they are jesters.”


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