Ondo Guber: APC suspends Senator Jimoh Ibrahim

Sharon EboesomiMay 20, 20245 min

The suspension of Senator Ibrahim follows his defeat in the state’s party primary governorship election, which took place on Saturday, April 20, 2024. 

Jimoh Ibrahim
Jimoh Ibrahim

Senator Jimoh Ibrahim (APC, Ondo South) has been suspended by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Igbotako Ward II, Okitipupa local government area of Ondo State due to suspected anti-party activities and insubordination.

A letter revealing the senator’s suspension was provided to the press in the state capital of Akure.

The letter signed by 16 executive members including Omotoye Olusola, Bakere Usuf, Tore Obwoselu, Oloyinmi Idowu, Borewaye Louyomi, Oladipupo Bose, Alkimbobola Seyi, Lawal-Babatunde, Aritawe-Ademole, Akinkuoju Olarewaju and Fabioye Ajoke, among others, said the decision to suspend the governorship aspirant was taken during its meeting held on May 13, 2024.

The party recalled that the APC national chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, had met with all state governorship aspirants in  Abuja on the need for them to cooperate with the party’s candidate and incumbent Governor of the state, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

READ ALSO: Ondo Guber: APC primary, a mega fraud, sats Jimoh Ibrahim 

The executives pointed out that Ibrahim disregarded party directives and sued the governor and APC despite the development.

The letter read, “We, the members of the APC Executive Committee of Igbotako Ward II in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, convened a meeting on Monday, May 13th, 2024.

“During our meeting, we deliberated extensively on various issues affecting the progress and development of our party, notably indiscipline and insubordination among some members.

“We have found Senator Jimoh Ibrahim’s actions and activities to violate the party’s constitution, particularly his decision to sue the party as well as his anti-party activities.

“As such, we have resolved to take appropriate disciplinary action against him as outlined in the party’s constitution. Senator Jimoh Folorunso Ibrahim is hereby suspended from the All Progressives Congress (APC) with immediate effect for acts of insubordination and anti-party activities By Article 21, Section A of the APC Constitution.

“It is worth recalling that the National Party Chairman of APC, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, met with all Ondo State governorship aspirants on April 25th, 2024, in  Abuja.

“During the meeting, he urged them to cooperate with the party’s candidate and incumbent Governor of Ondo State, Honorable Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa. Despite this, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim Folorunso proceeded to sue the Governor and APC, blatantly disregarding party instructions.

“Additionally, he has engaged in anti-party activities by urging his supporters in Igbotako and Ondo State to join NNPP, claiming he will soon receive the gubernatorial ticket from them. Senator Jimoh has openly declared his intent to disrupt APC before leaving the party, as evidenced by his actions in the Federal High Court in  Abuja and his derogatory remarks about APC in various media outlets.

“For emphasis, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim Folorunso has been suspended from the All Progressives Congress (APC) with immediate effect, and he is hereby prohibited from participating in any APC activities nationwide.”

Before the suspension, OrderPaper recalls that on May 7th, 2024 the lawmaker had publicly condemned the primary election conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and described it as a “mega fraud”. Senator Ibrahim, who came fourth in the election, made this claim while speaking to journalists at the National Assembly on Tuesday, claiming that there was no election as he could not vote for himself as materials were not made available. 

According to him, reports he received on election day showed that polling did not take place in 159 out of 203 wards and 15 out of 18 local government councils in the state. 

He announced plans to take legal action against the “massive fraud disguised as a primary election conducted by the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC),” which was headed by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and Governor Usman Ododo of Kogi State, 

STAR Check: Nigerians, particularly, constituents of Ondo South district, can keep tabs on the legislative performance of Sen. Ibrahim throughout the 10th senate here.

Sharon Eboesomi

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