Ondo Poll: Appeal Court Sacks Jimoh Ibrahim As PDP Candidate 2 Days To Elections
The Court of Appeal has sacked Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the PDP in Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.
The court has confirmed Eyitayo Jegede, as the rightful candidate of the party.
The Appeal court ruling nullifies that of the Federal High Court, presided by Justice Okon Abang which declared Mr. Ibrahim the candidate.
All the objections filed by Mr. Ibrahim and his loyalists at the Appeal Court were also dismissed.
In an unanimous judgment, the Federal High Court in Abuja, had directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognise Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim as PDP gubernatorial candidate for the November poll.
Jimoh Ibrahim 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.
Ondo Poll: Appeal Court Sacks Jimoh Ibrahim 2 Days To Polls
Justice Abang had on October 14, also re-affirmed his decision, warning 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.
However, the appellate court verdict on Wednesday, held that Justice Abang’s refusal to grant fair hearing to Jegede, “rendered the entire proceedings before his court a nullity”.
He also noted that the action of the court violated section 36 of the 1999 constitution, which forbade any court from denying fair hearing to a party likely to be affected by final decision of the court.
Justice Saulawu, thus, noted:
“Indeed it is obvious from the records that the appellant’s name had been duly published as the governorship candidate of the 11th respondent (PDP) for the November 26 Ondo governorship election”