Ondo PDP Crisis: Appeal Court suspends hearing indefinitely

Jimoh Ibrahim
Photo: PointBlank News
Jimoh Ibrahim Photo: PointBlank News

The Abuja Division of the Appeal Court on Friday suspended all pending matters relating to the ongoing judicial battle for an Ondo State governorship ticket, pending the determination of applications at the Supreme Court.

A three-member panel of justices at the appellate court, led by Ibrahim Salauwa, gave the ruling in a brief session on Friday.

Mr. Salauwa noted that the matter had been affected by unfavourable motions from the applicants at the apex court; and the panel set up to address the crisis, under his leadership, would not want to further complicate the matter.

“We will await the decision of the Supreme Court in all the processes; no matter what they are worth.

“We hereby rule that this matter and other matters awaiting decision by this court are hereby adjourned sine-die pending the decision of the apex court,” said Mr. Salauwa.

The appellate court had planned deciding on the authentic candidate to represent the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

Two candidates, Jimoh Ibrahim and Eyitayo Jegede, both from the PDP had emerged from different factions of the party for the election.

While Mr. Ibrahim emerged candidate from the faction led by former Borno State governor, Ali Sheriff, Mr. Jegede was picked to be flag-bearer of the party from the camp led by Ahmed Makarfi.

The Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice Okon Abang had on October 14 ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognise Mr. Ibrahim as PDP’s flag-bearer in the election.

Mr. Abang’s decision was based on a previous judgement delivered by his court on June 29, where a faction of the PDP led by Mr. Sheriff was recognised as the authentic camp of the PDP.

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

When the case was slated for hearing and determination on November 1, a factional chairman of the party from Mr. Sheriff’s camp, Biyi Poroye, accused the former panel led by Jummai Sankey of corruption leading to the introduction of a new panel led by Mr. Salauwa.

Dissatisfied with the decision of the Appeal Court President, Zainab Bulkachuwa in setting up a new panel, Mr. Poroye’s lawyer Beluolisah Nwofor asked that the panel be dissolved.

When the application was refused, he approached the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling of the appellate court and demanded that the Appeal Court stays proceeding pending his application at the apex court.

In his ruling on Friday, Mr. Salauwa said his panel had taken all its previous decisions in the interest of justice and felt it was only right to suspend sitting, given the current application at the apex court.

With Friday’s decision, Mr. Ibrahim remains the authentic candidate of the PDP for the election.


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  • Sean

    Sine-Die!!!

    • Emma

      Sean

      Neither PDP nor APC is the solution to Nigeria’s tragedy

      What we are facing today
      in Nigeria today may even be worse than the end days. Boko Haram is only one
      part of the tragedy on the head of Nigerians. The blunders of President Buhari
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      A Nigerian who has a job cannot
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      Nigerians are now buying guns to launch the same type of mayhem that Boko Haram
      has been spreading with bloodiness all over the place.

      • Emeka

        What are you waiting for, and you haven’t committed suicide? Please quickly join those who are committing suicide and free the space for us. minusing you from Nigeria would bring good tidings for reasonable Nigerians, think about this and do the needful….

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          @disqus_1P4NU5rbm0:disqus

          You have no right to advise a Nigerian to go and join those jumping into the river.

          The mortuaries are already filled up with corpses hanging or drowning in suicide.

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            What about throwing them to vultures and the big cats?

      • Iskacountryman

        so thing have changed…

      • Truth is bitter

        Anyone who commits suicide is under generational curse. The economic recession is not residing in one family only, but in every family. Your comment is characterised by arbitrary hatred and bitterness against Buhari, instead of giving hope to the hopeless. God Almighty doesn’t answer prayers of bitterness and anger.

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  • Olusola Rotimi

    PDP is dead. unknown to the country, APC too is dead

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      but known to the country…

    • Ade

      Amen

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    apc abracadabra….

  • wode

    Would anybody be surprise if what happened in US happens in Ondo, where unexpected and unfathomable happened? I mean this man Jimoh Ibrahim later wins the poll?

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Well! O|lusegun Mimiko and Eyitayo Jegede,s plot has failed and the coast is clear now for the people of Ondo State, to vote and elect their choice not Olusegun M|imiko,s choice PDP-Eyitayo Jegede, who would cover Olusegun Mimiko,s huge-looting,stealing and embezzlement of our public treasuries and assets. EFCC must swing into action before Olusegun Mimiko, disappear into hiding-hole after expiration of tenure

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      Just like how the new APC governor will cover oshiomole’s loots.

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