There are strong evidences that Jimoh Ibrahim who belongs to the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the PDP has since defected to the unpopular Accord Party in Ondo according to an interview he granted to an Ondo indigenous news magazine called 'Trace'.
The interview featured Mr. Ibrahim's proposed solutions to the challenges of Ondo State and why he defected from the PDP to the Accord Party according to the July 19, 2016 edition as seen above as gathered by TORI NEWS.
A similar interview was granted to Daily Times newspaper and below are some excerpts about his imminent membership of the AP:
Don’t you think the contest would be between the major political parties; the PDP and the APC and probably with the emergence of a third force?
Ibrahim: The political parties in the state have problem. Accord party (AP) is not very popular, PDP is dead, and the APC has crisis of who will be the candidate of the party; so obviously you cannot say this is the party that would win election in the state.
I also support the idea of meeting the aspirants because election should not be do or die affairs. How do we solve the problems of Ondo State should be our concern. Even if am not running, am likely going to support, who will solve the problem of the state not who could win or who is popular. Such person can run under Accord, APC but really not PDP.
If we cannot be governor, we are too strong to make sure that PDP doesn’t produce a successor. I can’t imagine a PDP candidate would come to this area and say he wants to win election here. Every Ondo South Senatorial district is entitled to the governorship of Ondo State morally as at today. Who has the greatest moral consideration for governorship race should be southern senatorial district because they only produced once and didn’t spent second term; in the north there had been two that had been produced there; in the central one has been produced there and is just finishing his second term.
Let us leave Governor Mimiko out of this and not unnecessarily drag him on, let us sit down and formulate and find out who can solve the problem of Ondo State and how can the problem be solved, so if we know how the problem can be solved then who will solve the problem would not be an issue. Even, Governor Mimiko couldn’t solve the problem of Ondo state despite his educational background and profile.
It is about how do we get resources to solve the state’s problem. Is Ondo state a state that politician, technocratic or entrepreneur can solve its problem, or is peculiar problem?
People are attaching your name to Accord Party (AP) with the belief that you would run under the platform of the party, is it true?
Ibrahim: We are planning massively to leave the PDP and move down to Accord party, which is no longer, a secret and we are even planning to have meeting with the National leaders of the party very soon. I will also officially write the PDP to inform them about my final exit. If we solve some of those problem I have mentioned then anybody can use the platform to contest and we shall accommodate anybody to come down and run under Accord Party, so it might probably not be about me.
If I see a candidate that can solve the problem, then I will support the candidate and I will have my rest. Few months to the November 26 governorship election and you want to start building a fresh structure in the Accord Party, Do you think this can work out? That is not a problem;
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