By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
Blackface News has learnt that the governorship candidate of the Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim has picked the former state chairman of the party in Ondo state, Hon. Ebenezer Alabi as his running mate for the November 26 governorship election in the state.
Ibrahim had earlier picked Mr Niran-Sule Akinsuyi as deputy to Ibrahim but a source who spoke to Blackface News on Sunday morning said his name has been replaced with that of Alabi.
Niran Sule was the immediate past commissioner for local government in Mimiko’s government.
The source said Ali Modu Sherif preferred Alabi, who is presently heading the faction’s caretaker committee in the State to Niran-Sule who recently dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC for the PDP.
The name of Alabi was forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC after Justice Okon Abang of Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the commission to recognize Ibrahim as the authentic candidate of the PDP in the forthcoming poll.
Though INEC said it is yet to take a decision on the ruling delivered by Justice Okon Abang, but would seek legal advice before reaching a decision on whom to recognize between Ibrahim and Mr Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, of the Markafi-led group.
Alabi who was forced to resigned as state chairman of the PDP in 2014 by some party’s bigwigs in order to collapse the party’s structure into the camp of the Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
Alabi in 2015 rejected the Governor Mimiko’s appointment as a Senior Special Assistant.
The politician hails from Iju in Akure North Local Government Area of the state.