The hope of business mogul, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim of becoming the new executive governor of Ondo State might have been dashed again as the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday declared Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, as the rightful candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the state’s governorship election billed for Saturday, November 26.
In an unanimous judgment, the Justice Ibrahim Saulawa led three-man Special Panel of the appellate court, vacated the June 29 judgement of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognise Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim as PDP gubernatorial candidate for the poll.
Jegede had approached the appellate court to challenge the high court verdict which ordered INEC to only relate with the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the PDP.
Justice Abang had on October 14, also re-affirmed his decision, even as he warned the electoral body against accepting any candidate nominated by the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led National Caretaker Committee of the PDP.
Acting on the strength of the order, INEC, promptly removed Jegede’s name from the list of candidates for the Ondo gubernatorial poll, and replaced it with Mr. Ibrahim.
Justice Saulawa, while giving his verdict, said that Jegede’s appeal was ‘most meritorious and accordingly allowed.’
The court also said that all seven issues are in favour of Jegede.
Justice Saulawa however said that he can only set asside Justice Abang’s judgement and can order no more.
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