The Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has relocated its governorship primary to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on security grounds.
The faction was to pick its candidate for the November 26 governorship election in Akure, the state capital, today.
A statement by the faction’s Director of Media and Publicity, Yemi Akintomide, said the primaries would now hold at the PDP Southwest zonal secretariat in Ibadan.
The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, which is backed by PDP Governors and other major organs of the party, last Monday conducted its own primary election.
The primaries produced a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Eyitayo Jegede, as winner.
Mr. Jegede is Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s perceived anointed candidate.
The Sheriff faction in the statement issued by its spokesman, said the Ahmed Gulak-led Committee had taken over the conduct of the primary from the State Executive Committee, with its Chairman, Biyi Poroye, as member.
It, therefore, urged aspirants and party delegates to move to Ibadan yesterday in preparation for the primary.
The statement said: “We are not aware of any court injunction stopping the primary, as all court pronouncements were in favour of the Senator Alimodu Sheriff-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP”.
Five aspirants, including Jimoh Ibrahim, Sola Ebiseni, Bamiduro Dada, Niran Sule-Akinsuyi and the only female, Mrs. Abiye Ademoyegun, are contesting the Sheriff faction’s primaries.