INEC To Go On With Ondo Governorship Election

INEC To Go On With Ondo Governorship Election”

In the June 29 judgment, Justice Abang affirmed the Ali Modu Sheriff factional leadership of the PDP as the party's authentic leaders and in the October ruling ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to substitute Jegede's name for Jimoh Ibrahim as the party's candidate for the Ondo governorship election scheduled for November 26.

The PDP had been confident of obtaining a favourable judgment in the case it brought against Ibrahim after he was declared the legitimate a federal high court presided over by Justice Okon Abang.

Justice Ibrahim Salauwa, who led the three-judge panel, arrived in court and stated that a judgment slated for today could no longer be given because the Supreme Court had transmitted to the Court of Appeal that an appeal was pending before it.

The Saulawa panel also adjourned all other pending appeals, including one filed by Makarfi, relating to the dispute over the governorship ticket of the PDP in November 26 election.

The Supreme Court has, however, fixed next Tuesday for the hearing of the motion for stay of proceedings filed by the nine respondents led by Poroye.

Subsequently Mr. Jegede approached the appellate court with a request that it sets aside the decision of the lower court.

Akinlaja said the Supreme Court has sent notices to parties in relation to the motion for stay of proceedings.

Nwafor said the court also lacked jurisdiction to entertain the appeal.

While dismissing the appeal, Justice Saulawa said that the application by Mr Poroye was borne out of mischief and deliberate calculation to frustrate the application for the leave of the court to appeal the Federal High Court's judgment filed by Mr Jegede.

"Alternatively, if the court will not be stopped by the pendency of our appeal at the Supreme Court, then the court should review the objections we raised against this appeal, " Nwafor said.

Jegede in a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of his Campaign Organization, Kayode Fasua said he was not unmindful of the fact that the temporary setback is the handiwork of some anti-democratic elements hell bent on truncating his mandate for the November 26 2016 polls.

The appellate court on Nov.11 granted Sen. He added that if the apex court decides that the panel needed not to stay its proceedings, it will then proceed to deliver its judgments.

NAN further reports that these initial submissions for the panel to stay action were over-ruled and it went on to hear all the appeals placed before it.

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