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Ondo PDP: INEC fails to monitor Sheriff’s faction’s primary



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), failed to monitor the governorship primary conducted by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held in Ibadan, the Oyo State on Monday.

Sheriff and his faction had moved the venue of its primary for the coming Ondo governorship election to Ibadan after the Ondo State High Court, sitting in Akure, restrained it from holding the parallel primary.

Ripples Nigeria gathered that INEC did not send any of its staff to monitor the primary of Sheriff’s faction of the PDP.

It was learnt that the Sheriff’s faction of the party formally informed Ondo State INEC office about the event and asked for monitoring, but the commission failed to oblige their request as no directive from the national secretariat of the commission was given in respect to Sheriff’s request.

Read also: Sheriff to hold Ondo PDP guber primary in Ibadan

In her ruling on the matter in Ondo, the presiding judge, Justice Omolara Adejumo, had directed that no PDP’s faction should conduct any primary outside the one that had been conducted by the Clement Faboyede-led state congress, ordering Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, Sola Ebiseni, Bamiduro Dada and Niran Sule not to parade themselves as the aspirants for such parallel primary.

She had said, “I have read motion paper and the affidavit of same, I have also considered the provision of the law relied upon in bringing the application. It is my view that the application has merit.”

Despite the court order and INEC rejection to monitor the election, Sheriff’s faction however, proceeded with a parallel primary in Ibadan and Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, it was learnt, emerged the winner.

By Ebere Ndukwu …

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