….Warns Ibrahim to stop using his name to settle scores
By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
The National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has vowed not to lobby the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC), over the party’s candidate for Ondo governorship election.
Sheriff stated this in a statement signed his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Inuwa Bwala in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the clarification was important against the widespread speculations linking Sheriff with controversies surrounding the emergence of two PDP candidates for the election.
While Sen. Ahmed led-National Caretaker Committee submitted the name of Mr Eyitayo Jegede to INEC, the Sheriff-led faction also submitted to the commission the name of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as PDP candidate for the election.
He said that as a law abiding leader, Sheriff was bound by whoever INEC publishes as both candidates in contention were respectable members of the PDP.
Sheriff pledged that he would treat their issues based on merits and in accordance with the law.
He further dismissed insinuations that he was behind several petitions against INEC.
He said that he had done his duty by submitting a name to INEC, and expected that the commission would act in accordance with its own mandate.
“Sheriff is not unmindful of events leading to the emergence of the two candidates, but wishes to assure Nigerians that steps are being taken to resolve all such issues even beyond what INEC may do.
“This is to avoid past experiences occasioned by internal bickering in the PDP.’’
He assured the people of Ondo State that PDP leaders have been working to ensure that the party wins in the forthcoming elections, “immaterial of whom fly’s its flag.’’
Sheriff said he was not aware of any alleged move to blackmail INEC because he had high regards for the commission.
He, however, urged INEC to ensure that the PDP was not short changed in any future election, but should allow the people’s votes to count.
Sheriff denied authoring or authorising any petition to be written on his behalf as was being mischievously alleged in some sections of the media.
He warned the factional candidate of the party in Ondo, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim to stop using his name to settle scores.