Deji Adebayo, Akure
The Ondo state chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has denied knowledge of Jimoh Ibrahim being a member of the party.
In a press statement on Saturday, August 29, issued by its Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Peretei, the PDP said at their last count, Ibrahim was a member of Accord Party and was not aware when he rejoined the PDP therefore cannot lay claim to have built the party.
The party enjoined its members and the public not to fall for the antics of Ibrahim as they are aware of his ways and know Akeredolu will pay for accepting him into his fold.
The PDP also use the statement to alert Ondo state people and Akeredolu to be watchful of Jimoh Ibrahim, they said, “To Ibrahim, everything is business and may be looking for areas to scam the Government and people of Ondo State”.
The statement in full:
FOR THE RECORD: JIMOH IBRAHIM IS NOT A MEMBER OF PDP.
It would have been un-necessary to dignify the claims of Jimoh Ibrahim’s ranting of PDP being dead with a response, if not for the benefit of the unsuspecting public.
Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim is not a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party. Before the 2016 Governorship Elections, his only presence in Ondo State was at Accord Party office branded with his billboard and posters. He granted interviews in the media stating his membership of the Accord Party. It was therefore surprising when he turned round to team up with factional National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Ali-Modu Sheriff, declaring his intention to be Governor of Ondo State. When the Supreme Court declared Eyitayo Jegede, SAN as the authentic candidate of PDP for the Governorship Election, Jimoh Ibrahim openly worked for APC/ Rotimi Akeredolu in that Election. It was clear he did an hatchet man’s job for the APC federal government that gave him Police Affairs Commission contract.
Jimoh Ibrahim celebrated the APC victory at the polls in 2016. How can the same character claim to be a member of the PDP? Unfortunately, since Ibrahim joined politics in 2003, he has never won in his Igbotako Ward. His claim to any kind of political relevance is only in the media. On ground, he is a paper tiger.
Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu will have the shock of his life when Jimoh Ibrahim calls for the vehicles he has “donated” for the Campaigns. These same vehicles were donated to Accord Party, rebranded and donated to PDP. When he withdrew them after the 2016 Election, some persons took Ibrahim to Court. The matters are still pending in Court. To Ibrahim, everything is business and may be looking for areas to scam the Government and people of Ondo State. These vehicles are scraps, more than eight years on Nigerian roads. He should stop parading himself as member of our party and fathom followers decamping with him to APC.
Kennedy Ikantu Peretei.
Publicity Secretary, PDP, Ondo State.