…awaits Supreme Court ruling Thursday (tomorrow)
The crisis facing the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State took another dimension today as the appellate court ruled in favour of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) to represent the party.
Meanwhile, the gubernatorial candidate in the Ondo State election on Saturday, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim has appealed to his teeming supporters not to be weary over the Court of Appeal ruling of today (Wednesday) which nullified the order given by Justice Abang, which replaced Eyitayo Jegede with business man Jimoh Ibrahim.
Saulawa nullifies the proceedings of October 14 when Justice Abang ruled in favour of Ibrahim, according to him, Jegede’s appeal is “most grossly meritorious and it is accordingly allowed”
But in his reaction after the ruling Ibrahim simply describe the Appeal Cour ruling as ‘one day ruling’ as the Supreme Court sits on the same case tomorrow (Thursday)
“I have read the decision of the Court of Appeal delivered today but we have nothing to lose as the Supreme Court sits on same case tomorrow,” an unruffled Ibrahim said. “We shall get justice at the Supreme Court and if PDP wins Saturday’s election, we shall have our four-year mandate to rule Ondo State.
“Let me advise the good people of Ondo State and my supporters nationwide not to abuse anyone or fight over this one day ruling which was paid for from the state’s treasury.
“Mimiko will not succeed himself with Jegede. This is too sure as we continue with our work and remain in our great part, PDP. I love the great people of Ondo State and I thank you all for continuous support.”
Meanwhile the Independent National Electoral Commission Wednesday said it will obey the judgement of the Court of Appeal.
Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the commission, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, said: “Yes, the judgment as we followed it shows that we must replace the name of Ibrahim with that of Jegede. “We will obey the judgment because this is an order coming from a superior court. We will abide by that decision.
“However, we will expect that the judgment be served on us before Friday to enable us comply. When we are served, we will comply immediately.
“But we are not going to shift the date of the election. We have passed that stage. The election is going to hold on Saturday, November 24 as scheduled.”