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PDP labels Jimoh Ibrahim as ‘a political merchant’

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By Olubiyi Obasa

Following business tycoon, Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim’s crossover to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that he was not their member.

In a statement by the Ondo State Publicity Secretary, PDP, Mr. Kennedy Peretei, in Akure yesterday, the party insisted that “Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim is not a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.”

Salient Times reports that the reaction was as a result of  the claims by Ibrahim on Friday that his defection from PDP to APC had left the opposition party politically dead ahead of the October 10, 2020 governorship election.

But Peretei said, “Before the 2016 governorship elections, his only presence in Ondo State was an 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 as the authentic candidate of PDP for the governorship election, Ibrahim openly worked for APC/ Rotimi Akeredolu in that election.”

He stressed, “It was clear he did an hatchet man’s job for the APC-led federal government that gave him Police Affairs Commission contract.”

The PDP chieftain disclosed that the business tycoon celebrated the APC victory at the polls in 2016, adding that he doesn’t have any political value in his ward.

“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.”

Peretei warned that Ibrahim would soon retrieve the vehicles he donated for the governor’s second term 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 he 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 a member of our party,” he said.