Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, Jimoh Ibrahim, has revealed that an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanded $1 million to accept his governorship nomination forms.
In an interview with The Punch [which was published on Sunday, October 23], when asked:
Why did you condemn a statement credited to the spokesperson for INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, which said that INEC has up till October 27 to decide on who it will accept as the authentic PDP candidate?
“When I was to submit the second batch of the forms, signed by the state chairman of the PDP (with the judgment of the court saying that he should be the one to sign my nomination), the boy who took the form to the INEC office told me that INEC rejected the form.”
“I was shocked. I went to the INEC office and asked why they rejected the document. I waited for four hours. After four hours, I asked again what the problem was.
“I then asked for the legal department, where I met a female official. I saw the boy who rejected my form with her. The woman told me they would not receive the form. She said there was an error in the court judgment. I asked her how she knew that there was an error in the judgment when she had not even checked what we brought.
“I was shocked when she demanded $1m from me before she could accept the document. I thought it was a joke. I told her I won’t give out any money.”
Do you have her on tape?
He continued: “I said she demanded that amount from me. I said no to her. I just want to wait before I write against her with facts. I travelled back to Oxford for a programme. I got a phone call that my name was rejected (at INEC). The female official told us that unless we have a court order to correct that mistake, she won’t take my form. So, we went back to the court to enforce the judgment. We went to tell the court that its judgment was not obeyed.
“I insisted that the court must protect its judgment. If it was in the United Kingdom that a court order was not obeyed, such a fellow would be sent to jail. INEC came to court again with an unsigned affidavit. Somebody gave them money and they were in a hurry to do the person’s bidding. How can you go to a commissioner of oath with an unsigned affidavit? The lawyer said an affidavit that was not signed was invalid. Apparently they forgot this. We served INEC a court judgment, which was published in the media.”