By James Sowole
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State on Wednesday described the Monday, August 29 governorship primary held in Ibadan, Oyo State, as a scam.
The Ondo State PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Banji Okunomo, stated this in a statement in which he affirmed that the governorship primary election held on August 22, 2016, in Akure, Ondo State, that produced Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, as its flag bearer is the authentic exercise.
He said apart from the fact that the so-called Ibadan primary election was illegal having been impeded by an Akure High Court, more than 99 percent of those who participated in it were hired touts and hoodlums from Ibadan, venue of the Congress.
“Section 25 of the PDP constitution clearly stipulates those who are eligible to participate in the State governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“All the persons that fall in the various categories making up the Governorship Primary Election Congress had already participated in the Congress that produced Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) as the flagbearer
of the party.
“These persons cannot be impersonated and their roles in the Electoral College cannot be replicated, duplicated or copied in whatever guise”, he said..
Okunomo said that Jimoh Ibrahim, the acclaimed candidate of the illegal PDP primary, is not a member of the PDP from ward to State level.
“Jimoh Ibrahim had publicly declared for the Accord Party and is yet to relinquish his membership of the Accord Party at any point in time.
“Also, Ibrahim has not at any point in time followed the procedure necessary to rejoin the party”, he said..