James Sowole in Akure
The recent action of the business mogul, Jimoh Ibrahim, who collected a nomination form to contest the November 2016 gubernatorial election in Ondo State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has generated a cold war between him and the party in the state.
While the PDP through its Director of Publicity, Mr Ayo Fadaka, said at the weekend that Ibrahim was no longer a member of the party having moved to the Accord Party, the Jimoh Ibrahim Campaign Organisation (JICO) said he (Ibrahim) remained the greatest investor toward the growth of the party since he joined in 2009.
Jimoh picked the nomination form to contest the November 26, 2016 governorship election in the state from the factional National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in Abuja last week.
The Ondo PDP insisted that the businessman was a member of Accord Party in the state and not a member of PDP as he claimed.
Fadaka said, ” I can confirm to you that Jimoh Ibrahim is not a member of our party, the PDP, he has since been rid of his membership and we all know that he is a bonafide member of the Accord Party. So, for him not to be making a somersault to pick a form of PDP is a shameless thing anybody can do in this situation.
”Also, I want to confirm to you again that Jimoh Ibrahim, apart from the fact that he is not a member of our party, he does not have any relationship with the PDP in any case and if he is taking a form from Sheriff, he confirms to the entire world where Sheriff is coming from “
However, JICO in a statement by the Head of Publicity and Research, Sola Akinuli, said that the businessman remained a living and potent member of the party.
Further details later