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Jimoh Ibrahim Candidacy In Ondo Guber: We’re Shocked, Says Makarfi Faction

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Posted: Oct 28, 2016 at 7:07 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Jimoh Ibrahim Candidacy In Ondo Guber: We’re Shocked, Says Makarfi FactionThe Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday evening officially broke its silence?, expressing shock and surprise at the publication of Jimoh Ibrahim of the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction as candidate in the November 26, 2016 Ondo State governorship election? by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Ondo State television reported on its website early Friday morning that residents had in reaction to the listing of Jimoh embarked on protests, blocking major highways in the capita. They were protesting the removal of ?Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Makarfi faction to which governors elected under the platform of the party, including Olusegun Mimiko belong, from the list.
Residents stayed indoors over fear that the protest might soon turn awry, just as plans by Ibrahim to visit the state was reportedly shelved for fear that he is not welcome.
?The statement by the Makarfi faction, signed by its publicity secretary, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, wondered why the outcome of its own primary election which was conducted in Akure and monitored by INEC is being discarded.
It recalled that the purported PDP primary election? that produced Ibrahim and reportedly held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital was not observed by the commission.
“INEC cited the order from Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court as the reason for publishing Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim’s name as PDP candidate but ignored another order from the Ondo State High Court, which is a court of coordinate jurisdiction that compelled INEC to maintain Hon. Eyitayo Jegede’s name as candidate of the PDP.
“The least INEC could have done in the circumstance was to maintain status quo and stick to its own earlier decision, pending a superior order or judgment from a superior court. But that did not happen in this case,” the statement added.
Adeyeye noted that the sporadic reaction generated by this singular decision of INEC in the form of violent protests across the state, could have been avoided if INEC had adhered strictly to the letters and characters of the nation’s electoral laws and the nation’s constitution.
The statement warned those it termed external factors not to sit in Abuja, while setting Ondo State on fire, warning against resorted to executive or judicial rascality.