Chris Steven, Abuja
Ahead of Ondo state governorship election, the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is still at a cross road over who will be its flag bearer.
While the disputed National Chairman of the party, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff said Jimoh Ibrahim is the authentic candidate following the Friday court judgment, Ahmed Makarfi-led committee of the party said Eyitayo Jegede is the Ondo state governorship candidate of PDP.
Makarfi-Committee had on Friday emphasised that Jegede remains its candidate for the election, adding that the ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja “does not in any way affect the matter of the PDP candidacy in the forthcoming Ondo State governorship election.
“The issue of Ondo governorship was not the matter before Justice Abang in the Suit. The matter before his lordship was in relation to the 2019 general elections.” Markafi said
But, Sheriff, in a statement by his Deputy National Chairman, Cairo Ojougboh on Sunday said that while the peace process in the party is irreversible, plans have been concluded to inaugurate a national campaign organisation for Jimoh Ibrahim in Ondo governorship election.
Reiterating that PDP is a law abiding party that believes in the rule of law, Sheriff said “we therefore, state categorically that the court judgment affirming Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of PDP is a victory for democracy and instrument to affirm the believe in the separation of power between the executive, legislature and the judiciary.
“The National Working Committee (NWC) have concluded plans to inaugurate a national campaign organisation for Jimoh Ibrahim in Ondo state governorship election.
“We therefore, call on PDP members in Ondo state and outside the state to cooperate with Ibrahim to ensure that PDP wins the state.”
Appealing to peace loving member in the party to key into the peace process and pray that the outcome is successful, Sheriff said, “we also irrevocably state that the peace process initiated by Sheriff and Makarfi is irreversible.
“Therefore, every peace loving members in PDP should key into the process and pray that the outcome will be a success to usher in PDP into governance in 2019.
“Henceforth, members of the party are cautioned not to make statements that will escalate the crisis in the party.”