Appeal Court Gets Go Ahead To Deliver Judgment On Ondo PDP Crisis

Eyitayo Jegede
Eyitayo Jegede, Factional Ondo State Governorship Candidate of the PDP

The Supreme Court has given the go ahead for the Appeal Court to deliver Judgement on the cases involving the two warring factions of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State-a decision which may change the course of the election should the appeal court rule in favour of the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the party.

Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, who presided over the matter also struck out ten other motions for stay of execution filed against the Appeal Court after counsel to Biyi Poroye, informed the court that his client wishes to withdraw all the motions.

Taking into consideration the urgency of the case, Justice Onnoghen tasked the Appeal Court panel to expedite action on the case.

Also on the Supreme Court Panel were Justices Tanko Mohammed, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Ejembi Eko and Kumai Akaahas.

The Supreme Court also awarded a cost of N250,000 against the initiator of the suit, Poroye, who is also the factional chairman of the PDP in Ondo State.

The Appeal Court is expected to rule on all the fourteen appeals relating to the PDP and the ondo governorship crisis.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Wole Olanipekun led the team for Eyitayo Jegede, while Emmanuel Ukala and James Onoja, both Senior Advocates, represented the Ahmed Markarfi and the Ali Modu-Sheriff factions of PDP respectively; the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was represented by Nelson Anih.

Eyitayo Jegede had approached the Appeal Court to reverse the Judgement of a federal high court which directed INEC to remove his name from the list of Candidates contesting for the Ondo State Governorship position in the election scheduled for November 26.



    But Biyi Poroye, Ondo State chairman of the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the PDP, filed an interlocutory injunction at the Supreme Court, arguing that the Appeal court had no power to hear the case.

    Consequently, the Panel adjourned judgement of the case indefinitely, pending the determination of the injunction filed at the apex court.

    The PDP has since called on INEC to postpone the election as a result of the adjournment; a call rejected by both the electoral umpire and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

    The decision of the appeal court would ultimately determine who will fly the flag of the PDP in the forthcoming election, which is only four days away.

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