Jegede Is Ondo PDP Guber Candidate, Appeal Court Rules

In a unanimous judgment, Wednesday, in Abuja, the Court of Appeal declared Mr Eyitayo Jegede as the rightful candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Ondo State governorship election fixed for November 26.

Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, who led a 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 INEC to recognise Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s 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. He had also warned the electoral body against accepting any candidate nominated by the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led National Caretaker Committee of the PDP.

Jimoh Ibrahim has headed for the Supreme Court. It is not likely he will obtain an injunction before Election Day. If the PDP wins the election, however, whoever wins at the Supreme Court will become governor.

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