Renowned businessman, Dr Jimoh Ibrahim, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Ali Modu Sherif-led faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State.
The factional primary election was held at Premier Hotel, Ibadan. The electoral committee was headed by alhaji Ahmed Gulak. 801 delegates were accredited from the 18 local government areas in the state.
The Group Managing Director of Energy Group scored 502 votes to defeat the only contender,
a former Commissioner for Local Government under the administration of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Mr Olusola Ebiseni, who scored 41 votes.
Shortly before the election commenced, three other aspirants, Hon. Bamiduro Dada, Hon. Niran-Sule Akinsuyi and Mrs. Abiye Ademuyegun stepped down for Ibrahim.
Announcing the result, Gulak said Dr Jimoh Ibrahim emerged winner after an open primary conducted in accordance with the constitution of the party.
“Jimoh Ibrahim has emerged the winner after an open and organized gubernatorial election before all the official delegates of PDP in Ondo state. This is internal democracy in action. We have not asked any delegate to vote for anybody or write the name of a particular candidate for the delegates.“No governor has written a name for the delegates. We’re law abiding representatives of the party. The delegates and the candidates will be presented with the copy of the result. We won’t change the name of the winner on the way to Abuja.
In his acceptance speech, Ibrahim promised to make Ondo State an industrial hub.
His words: “I will only occupy one seat in Ondo State and that is the position of the governor of the state by God’s grace after the governorship election,the rest belongs to the people. I have managed over 8,000 workers, 16 companies and have two national honours. And when you talk of integrity, I have first class integrity.
“I am an employer of over 800 people. Anything Mimiko is not acceptable. He has collected over N1trillion and has destroyed Ondo state over one trillion.
“I will create jobs and make education meaningful by introducing school system to prepare a new future for our children.”
Other members of the electoral committee include Shetima Shehu, Chief Tunji Akinosi, Elder Layi Falaju, Mala Sheriff, Ozo Uchechukwu Ngwu, Bimbo Balogun, Prince Poroye Bill Biyi, Ikenna Nnajioffor, Lawan Gana Karasuwa and the secretary of the committee, Bernand Mikko.
Also in attendance were the National Vice Chairman (Southwest) Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe and the Southwest Secretary, Otemole Adepegba.