Why conduct of Ondo election on Saturday will violate the law – Jegede

Eyitayo Jegede
Eyitayo Jegede

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate for the Ondo Stare governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to postpone Saturday’s election for at least 30 days.

He said this would allow the party to submit a list of its agents in good time before the election as provided for in the Electoral Act 2010.

The Act stipulates that each party should make their party agents available to the commission, 14 days before the day of election.

The Biyi Poroye faction of the PDP had submitted a list of party agents to the commission before the expiration of the deadline for Jimoh Ibrahim, who was removed by Wednesday’s Appeal Court judgment.

Mr. Jegede, who led a protest to the INEC state headquarters at Alagbaka, in Akure on Thursday, told the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, that the postponement was necessary in order not to be in breach of the Electoral Act.

He also submitted a letter he addressed to the Chairman of the Commission, Mahmood Yahkoob, demanding the postponement of the election.

“It follows from the foregoing that any list of agents purportedly forwarded by one Poroye and his fellow pretenders who had been illegally parading themselves as the state executive members of the PDP, Ondo State cannot be regarded as authentic,” the letter read in part.

“As it is, the peoples democratic party has not forwarded the list of its agents to the commission.

“Whichever way one may look at the situation on ground, the governorship election of Ondo state slated for 26th November, if conducted, will undoubtedly be in breach of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

“It is in light of the foregoing that I request you to differ the governorship election for Ondo State for at least 30 days so as not to conduct the election in flagrant violation of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.”

But Mr. Agbaje said INEC had gone past the issue of postponement, given that it had distributed sensitive materials to all the local governments already for the elections.

He insisted that the commission was prepared for the election come Saturday.

“We can no longer talk about postponement of the election right now,” he said. “The matter is an internal dispute within the PDP and so we cannot be talking about postponement.

“If we postpone the election, we will be losing billions of naira knowing that we have already deployed sensitive and non-sensitive materials to all the local government areas of the state.”

He said the list of party agents would be received from the Mr. Jegede and the former one would be discarded.

The materials which were supplied directly from the vault of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in Akure include ballot papers, result sheets and other forms that would be used to collate the results.

Mr. Agbaje said adequate security had been provided to escort the materials to the respective local government areas.


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  • Iskacountryman

    apc abracadabra…

    • MO the Observer

      dey there dey hala APC abracadabra.. no do things right

      • Iskacountryman

        who?…me?

        • MO the Observer

          No. sorry, your ancestors and generation

          • Shawn

            No kill me with laugh ooo…LOL

          • MO the Observer

            lol… no mind the yeye boi, he dey use hin big bros catch cruze

          • Iskacountryman

            good…they will deal with you then…

          • MO the Observer

            Iska, all of dem combine no reach… hop you sabi wetin be iska for housa?

          • Iskacountryman

            no…tell me…

  • emmanuel

    Whichever way, INEC will re-conduct the elction. Jegede should approach the Court tommorrow to stop the election and and ask that any election held in contravention of Nigeria electoral law. They should also ask the court to invalidate the election if it hold.
    The fact that Jegede would participate in the election would not make it legal. That way, we would know if INEC will loose money or not. Edo was about same number of days when that election was shifted.
    Thy would eventually incur legal and re-run cost

    • Ade Omowest

      No responsible judge will grant that insensible motion. Jegede and PDP can boycott the election or participate and approach the election tribunal after losing it.

      • Ken

        You are wrong. Why was Edo election postponed? Jegede should go ahead, he would still win

        • MO the Observer

          yeah, its possible he wins via pity… but I see Oke being favoured

          • Ken

            He has more chances for the election. Inec should be fair

      • Ashibogu

        An order of a Court is valid until it is set aside. They should get a Judgement from an Akure High Court restraining INEC from conducting the election. Heavens will not fall. INEC should be served. Or the State Government should declare an indefinite curfew as a result of security challenges. The election should be put on hold. Meanwhile, NJC should suspend Justice Abang( Banga aka Knockout). Yeye dey smell! Cunny man die cunny man bury am!

  • Chinedu

    It will be wrong,fatal error and terrible precedence for inec to postpone the election on account of PDP’s internal wrangling. This will of course provide a leeway for future election manipulators to simply feign internal crisis and use the resultant litigation as excuse for postponements. Even though I sympathise with Jegede,we have to understand that in life obstacles abound and such obstacles can equally work to your advantage. I wish Ondo people a peaceful election exercise.

  • MO the Observer

    forget all those electoral act …. remember that for every law, there is provision of exception

  • Ken

    Jegede should leave everything to God. He should just do his bit. God appoint leaders. He would win the election. Majority of Ondo people are with him

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  • Judge Okon Abang must be removed from the bench and held responsible for election chaos.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    No way! Ondo State, belongs to all Ondo State citizens, not just PDP-Olu Mimiko and his Jegede, as every Ondo State-citizen is prepared to exercise his or her fundamental right to choose and vote for a new governor, among the various political parties gubernatorial candidates on November 26,2016, unfailingly.No postponement of our election.

    • Right Minded

      Mad man! So you are still alive. Dont worry you will be shocked by the outcome of the election on Saturday.