Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has explained that the basis for taking its primary election to Ibadan, Oyo State, was to prevent crisis in Ondo State.
The faction had earlier announced the conduct of the primary election at its secretariat on Oyemekun Street, Akure but later changed the venue to Ibadan where it was eventually held on Monday.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the faction, Mr Yemi Akintomidesaid the change of venue became imperative to avoid political crisis in the state.
He added that the change in the venue was also to avoid any legal action which may be taken by the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party which is led by Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
Earlier, the Ali Modu Sheriff faction led by Mr Jimoh Ibrahim had shifted its primary election following an order of an Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure.
The factional chairman of the party, Prince Biyi Poroye had said during a Press Conference that the faction would hold itsprimary poll either in Abuja or Ibadan, Oyo State.
Eventually, at the end of the primary poll, Mr Ibrahim defeated Hon. Sola Ebiseni and Prince Bamiduro Dada.
It would be recalled that the former Commissioner for Justice andAttorney General of the State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) had emerged the candidate of the PDP at a primary election supervised byofficials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).