Multi-billionaire businessman and politician, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim on Thursday obtained nomination form from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to vie for the governorship seat of Ondo State.
He, however, collected the form from the factional National Chairman of the party, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff.
Bar and Bench Watch reports that Senator Ahmed Makarfi is also laying claim to the chairmanship of the political party by virtue of a court judgment.
A Federal high court presided over by Justice Okon Abang had covertly sacked Makarfi leadership vide a judgment and declared Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the party while a Port-Harcourt high court had, earlier in time, sacked Sheriff leadership and declared Makarfi-leadership of PDP as authentic.
Makarfi is planning to hold a national convention of the party this month in Port-Harcourt while Sheriff had written the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to monitor the convention so that the exercise would be an effort in futility.
Members of the political party in few states where gubernatorial elections are approaching are presently confused as to who to play ball with since there are two politicians struggling for the soul of the political party at the national level.
In Ondo State, Jimoh Ibrahim was the first gubernatorial aspirant in the state to patronise Sheriff.
While speaking at the occasion, Ibrahim promised to defray the salary of workers in the state within 100 days.
He stated that the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has no locus in law to lay claim to the chairmanship of the party.
He said that Sheriff is known in law having taken over from Alhaji Adamu Muazu who resigned as national chairman before the expiration of his tenure.
Jimoh stated that he would better the lots of the citizens of the state by ensuring prompt payment of their salary.
He described governors who owe workers salary as people without initiative, adding that Ondo State has over 10 solid minerals which he would tap to develop the state.
He claimed he has over 8,000 workers in his employment, and assured Sheriff that when he visits Ondo State after he (Ibrahim) would have won the governorship election, the state would have assumed a better look.
His words: “I will restructure the state in the area of capacity building, good innovation and by putting the right thing in the right place at the right time.
“I will pay the workers within the first day of my 100 days in office.
“Non-payment of salaries by state government is the failure of innovation of states by governors.
“It is when you are innovative that you will be able to pay salaries. Those (governors) who are owing are not efficient. I’m not owing any of my workers.”
Bar and Bench Watch checks however revealed that Jimoh’s claim of not owing his staff was untrue.
In fact, it was learnt on Thursday that some of his former staff whom he owed outstanding salaries had concluded arrangements to sue him to court following his failure to clear their outstanding.
In his reaction, however, Sheriff said he had known the aspirant long ago and assured him of his support.
He also described him as a capable hand that could turn the state around if given the opportunity.