Sheriff’s Faction Presents Jimoh Ibrahim As Ondo PDP Governorship Candidate

Jimoh Ibrahim, PDP, Ondo election, Ali Modu SheriffThe Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has elected Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s candidate in the coming Ondo State governorship election.

The primary election which lasted over two hours was preceded by an all-night congress among over 800 delegates at the Premier Hotel, Mokola in Ibadan, the Oyo State’s capital in Nigeria’s southwest zone.

The electoral committee, headed by Mr Ahmed Gulak, hinted that the congress was moved out of Akure, the Ondo State capital for security reasons.

After three other aspirants had stepped down for Mr Ibrahim, he polled 502 votes to emerge the winner with his only co-contestant, Mr Olusola Ebiseni, scoring 41 votes while 17 votes were voided.

In his acceptance address, the factional flag bearer promised to defend the mandate by creating jobs and making Ondo State an industrial hub.

The National Vice Chairman and Southwest Chairman, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, the PDP Chairman in Ondo State, Mr Popoye Biyi and the Southwest Secretary, Mr Otemolu Adepegba, were among party dignitaries present at the primaries.

Prior to Ibrahim’s emergence, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP had presented a former Attorney General of Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, as the flag bearer in the coming governorship poll.

PDP Chairmanship: South-West Supports Northern Candidacy

pdpThe South-West chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has endorsed its National Executive Committee’s proposal to retain the position of the National Chairman of the party in the North ahead of the party’s National convention in Port-Harcourt.

This formed part of the resolutions at the end of the Zonal Executive meeting held in Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu North local government area of Ogun State, South-West Nigeria

The meeting, which issued 8-point communique at the end of Exco, has in attendance thirty executive members from the six states as well as some party loyalists.

The National Vice-Chairman, South-West, Makanjuola Ogundipe, who presided over the meeting said the chapter would support the incumbent National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, if he indicates interest to continue in office

He described as null and void similar meetings reportedly being held in two other locations in the South West; stressing that, concerted synergy is what the party needs to return to power in future elections

PDP Chairmanship: S/West Supports Northern Candidate

pdpThe South West chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has declared its support for a Northern candidate, asking other regions to follow suit as only that can guarantee cohesion and strength for the Party.

The National Vice Chairman, South West, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, in his remark at the stakeholders’ meeting held in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, said the uproar that trailed the proposal for the North to retain the position of the National Chairman of PDP was not necessary.

He added that the South-West is aligning with the position of the majority of the northern elders, which was premised on the fear of the party shrinking to a regional party and losing its national appeal in the process.

Ogundipe noted that the PDP controls 10 of the 17 states in the South, with 10 Governors, 32 Senators and 96 Members of the House of Representatives while in the North, the PDP controls only two states, with two governors, 15 senators and about 30 members of the House of Representatives.

He added that the zone will be further weakened and marginalised if denied the position of the National Chairman of the party, further stressing that the lack of cooperation in the South West zone will constitute a challenge to the National Chairman from the region.

“It is unfair to the masses of the South-West for anyone to insulate that our position in canvassing that the National Chairman of our great party should come from the North amounts to pushing away good things coming to the region”, he said.

The Vice Chairman further noted that over 70 percent of the functional leaders of the zone, under the leadership of the zonal chairman, arrived at the decision to allow the North retain the position of National Chairman of the party.

“It should be noted that the South-West had the Presidency for eight years as well as Speaker of the House of Representatives for four years; these positions are more influential than the chairmanship of the party, which some now argue must be given to the South-West because no one from the region has ever served as National Chairman.”

Other leaders of the party from the zone used the occasion to publicly endorse the zoning and retention of the chairmanship position to the northern region.

Those that attended the meeting include the party’s scribe Wale Oladipo, its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, Senator Buruji Kahsamu and South West State Chapter Chairmen – Captain Tunji Shelle (Lagos), Yinka Taiwo (Oyo), Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa (Osun) and their counterparts from Ondo, Ekiti and Ogun.