Ondo PDP Crisis: Appeal Court Adjourns Judgement Indefinitely

Eyitayo Jegede
Eyitayo Jegede

The Appeal Court panel that is sitting on the cases involving the two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has indefinitely adjourned judgment on the cases.

The Saulawa Ibrahim-led panel had scheduled Friday to deliver judgements on the cases involving Jimoh Ibrahim and Eyitayo Jegede, candidates of the two factions of the PDP in the Ondo State governorship election holding on November 26.

Jegede had appealed the judgement of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to replace his name on the governorship candidates’ list with that of Ibrahim.

However, the Appeal Court panel explained that the decision to adjourn “sine die” was in order to await the decision of the Supreme Court on interlocutory appeals filed by the respondents.



    Justice Saulawa cited the motion filed by the respondents before the Supreme Court on Thursday, asking for an order of the apex court to disband the Saulawa panel and take disciplinary action against it for going ahead to hear the appeal in defiance to established judicial principle.

    The nine respondents who filed the motion before the Supreme Court are Ondo state officials of the Sheriff-led faction of the PDP, led by the factional chairman, Biyi Poroye.

    This recent development poses a serious setback for the Makarfi-led PDP in Ondo state and its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.

    With just seven days to go before the election day in the state, it remains to be seen what next action the Senior Advocate of Nigeria will take in order to realize his governorship ambitions.

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