Appeal Court sacks Jimoh Ibrahim, reinstates Jegede as PDP candidate

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(Last Updated On: 2016-11-23)

Oluwatosin Lamidi

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday sacked Jimoh Ibrahim as candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.

The court ruled that Eyitayo Jegede, who belongs to Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party should replace Ibrahim, setting aside a ruling of Federal High Court by Justice Okon Abang which declared Ibrahim, the candidate.

In his ruling, Justice Saulawa described Justice Abang’s verdict as a violent attitudinal disposition to rule of law by not giving Eyitayo Jegede fair hearing before its verdict adding that replacement of Jegede with Ibrahim without hearing Jegede was breach of fair hearing.

All seven objections filed by Ibrahim and his loyalists at the Appeal Court were also dismissed.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has promised to obey the court order.

The Chief Press Secretary to its Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, said it will obey the judgement of the Court of Appeal to replace Mr Jimoh Ibrahim’s name with that of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede as soon as it is served with the judgement.

“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.

It however debunked the speculation going round about the possibility of shifting the election stressing that the commission has concluded its arrangements to conduct election on Saturday, November 26th.

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“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 26thas scheduled,” Oyekanmi told newsmen in Abuja.

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