The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has left out the names of Ibrahim Jimoh, and Olusola Oke from the list of candidates for the Ondo governorship election.
Mr Ibrahim is the factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while Olusola Oke is of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) having joined the party soon after he lost out in the APC governorship primaries, that produced Rotimi Akeredolu as the party’s candidate.
The names of both men are missing from the list of candidates for the election published on the commission’s website.
However, INEC, in the list, named Mr Enoch Zerubbabel, who was initially named as candidate of the AD before Oke’s defection.
In the final list of 28 candidates, INEC named Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leaving out Ibrahim, the factional candidate of the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP.
It would be recalled that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had ordered INEC to recognize Ibrahim as the bonafide candidate of the PDP.
Ibrahim is also currently embroiled in a bribery allegation with the electoral umpire. He had in a petition accused a staff of INEC of demanding for a $1milion bride to have him recognized as candidate of the PDP in line with Justice Abang’s order.
INEC has however said he lied.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews….
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