Embattled candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimoh Ibrahim, has expressed confidence that his name will remain on the ballot as the candidate of the party in Saturday’s governorship election.
He said this on Tuesday against the backdrop of the Supreme Court decision, dismissing his suit seeking to restrain the Appeal Court from sitting on a matter to decide who the authentic candidate of the party is.
Mr. Ibrahim, who spoke to journalists in Akure while reacting to the Supreme Court decision, said the decision was a good development.
He said the decision had not affected his candidature, assuring that he would win the coming election.
“Has the court changed my name?”he asked when told to react to the development. “If you bring a matter before the Supreme Court and the court says you should go back to the appeal court to hear the case how does that affect me?”
He said the decision was a good development and that it had achieved what it was meant to achieve.
Asked what it was meant to achieve, he replied: “you think about it,” and burst into laughter.
He said he was confident that his name would remain on the ballot until Saturday and after the election.
He also said he would win the election under the banner of the PDP.
“It is not possible for my name to be removed for this election, it is not possible,” he said.
“Nobody can remove it, it is there and it will be there until Saturday.”
Asked how he intends to win the election in the face of other formidable candidates, he said, “We are going to win. There is no grammar about that.
“Is anybody saying no? The PDP has been here for 14 years and how can somebody come here yesterday and come and overtake us.”
The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party in the state is, however, hopeful that the Appeal Court will sit on Wednesday and deliver its judgment on the matter before it.
The Director of Publicity, Ayodele Fadaka, expressed the assurances that the judgment would be delivered on Wednesday in their favour which would see Eyitayo Jegede return as the authentic candidate of the party.
The Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, on Tuesday in Akure said that the commission would abide by any judgment of the Appeal Court on the matter.
He said INEC was bound by law to obey the decisions of the court regarding the matter.