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Ondo 2016: INEC Recognizes Sheriff’s Candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim, 21 others To Contest Poll

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ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the opposition Peoples Democratic (PDP) late Thursday received a shocker, as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) dropped its candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede and announced Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, as the party’s flagbearer for the coming Ondo State Governorship election.

The replacement immediately sparked up violent protest, by party’s supporters in some parts of the State.

INEC has until the latest development recognized Mr. Jegede, the winner of Makarfi’s faction Ondo PDP Governorship primary. Ibrahim belongs to the Ali Modu-Sheriff’s faction of the opposition.

The two factions have been at loggerheads, each approaching court, over claim to the right leadership of the party.

While announcing Ibrahim as the PDP candidate, INEC disclosed that the reason for its decision was due to the existing court order, which has ruled that Modu-Sheriff is the constitutionally recognized faction

Other candidate announced by INEC included: Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) for the All Progressives Congress (APC); Mr. Olusola Oke – Alliance For Democracy (AD) and 19 other candidates.

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