Ondo Poll: Group Seeks INEC's Intervention over Jegede, Ibrahim PDP's Candidature
The Ekiti State chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee, on Tuesday, appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resolve the confusion arising from the dual governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo state without being partisan.
IPAC said the PDP remains a major and critical participant in the election, saying failure to resolve the logjam created by the
friction and division between Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Senator Ahmed Makarfi factions in the most tactical way could create atmosphere of tension that could heat up the polity unnecessarily.
Former Commissioner for Justice in Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, had been nominated to INEC by Governor Olusegun Mimiko faction which has a leaning with Makarfi group, while the Sheriff faction later forwarded the name of a business mogul, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim to the electoral commission.
Jimoh’s candidature was later buoyed by the Federal High Court verdict of last Friday, which declared him the rightful candidate to fly the
flag of the party.
Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, the IPAC Chairman in Ekiti, Dr Dele Ekunola, said INEC has done the country proud by conducting a credible election that complied substantially with the provisions of the Electoral Act in Edo State, urging it to replicate
such in Ondo State.
Ekunola appealed to INEC to apply the same modality it used in presenting Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in Edo State to resolve the Ondo debacle.
Describing the situation as worrisome and confusing, the IPAC boss added that INEC taking the right decision will help the credibility of
“This situation whereby both Jegede and Ibrahim are laying claim to a ticket is very worrisome and the PDP is a critical participant in
the election. Though, the matter is more of a judicial issue, but INEC can still apply wisdom so that commonsense can prevail and the polity will not be heated up”, he said.
It praised the electoral body for maintaining substantial neutrality in Edo governorship poll, urging the commission to
replicate the same feat in the November 26 governorship poll in Ondo State.
On the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party, which polarized the body into two, Ekunola clarified that the feuding groups had
fused into one after reconciliation , which he said led to the election of new executives recently in the state.
Those elected were: Dr Ekunola as Chairman, Hon Ilesanmi Omolayo (Vice Chairman), Mallam Jimoh Saheed (Secretary), Fred Iyaniwura (Publicity Secretary), Chief Moses Awogbemi(Financial Secretary), Rufus Alabi(Treasurer) and Ileanmi Josiah(Assistant Secretary).
He added : “INEC even settled the PDP confusing candidature in Edo with ease and we expect this to come to play in Ondo . We all the
existing political parties in the state are pleased with INEC neutrality.
“All these showed that democracy has taken a deep root in Nigeria and we appeal to INEC to repeat the same feat in Ondo State”.