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Jimoh Ibrahim Bombshell: “INEC official demanded $1m from me”
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Jimoh Ibrahim Bombshell: “INEC official demanded $1m from me”

Factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 26 Ondo State governorship election, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, has alleged that acting legal adviser of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs. O. O. Babalola, demanded $1 million bribe from him to list him as the party’s candidate for the election in obedience to the ruling of an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. Justice Okon Abang, two weeks ago, ordered INEC to recognise Ibrahim who was produced at a factional primary organised by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction, as PDP candidate.

INEC had already accepted Hon. Eyitayo Jegede who emerged from Senator Ahmed Makarfiled National Caretaker Committee primaries, as the party’s candidate for Ondo State. But Ibrahim, at a press conference in Abuja yes terday, said Babalola demanded a bribe from him before she could effect the court order.

He said he had reported the incident to the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu. Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, however, described the allegation as false and uncharitable. Ibrahim, in a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, alleged that “one Mrs. O. O. Babalola of INEC demanded the payment of $1 million before she would obey a court judgement marked exhibit A attached.” The petition was dated October 21.

He expressed concern that an electoral body, which had said it would obey the court order immediately it was served, suddenly started to develop cold feet. He warned the commission not to “allow one governor to destroy its reputation.” “We are not saying that INEC will not obey the court judgement.

One of the officials demanded $1 million bribe from me to process the court judgement. “I was shocked. She said I should bring $1 million or another order of court before she can do her job. I asked which job? She insisted that she will not obey that court order and if I don’t pay, she will not do it unless we bring another court order.

Like a joke, she published another person’s name from Governor Olusegun Mimiko,” he alleged. Ibrahim further demanded the removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ondo State, Olusegun Agbaje, alleging that he is a card-carrying member of a political party. He said the REC could not be trusted to conduct a free and fair election in the state.

Oyekanmi, however, described Ibrahim’s allegation as false. “It is not true that Mrs. Babalola demanded $1 million bribe from Jimoh Ibrahim. Two other officials of INEC witnessed the encounter between Mrs. Babalola and Ibrahim.

“Ibrahim brought a copy of his judgement and wanted to impress it on INEC to collect it. But we told him that we already have it. It is uncharitable and ungodly of businessman of his stature to make this kind of allegation,” he added

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