PDP calls for postponement of Ondo election

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Nigeria’s main opposition party, PDP, has called for the postponement of the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

The party based its call on the non-conclusion of a court case that was to determine its rightful candidate for the election.

A Court of Appeal panel led by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa on Friday adjourned ruling indefinitely in an appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede who seeks to be recognised as the PDP governorship candidate.

Mr. Jegede seeks to upturn a Federal High Court ruling that effectively declared Jimoh Ibrahim as the rightful PDP candidate.

While Mr. Jegede and incumbent governor Olusgeun Mimiko are members of the Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP, Mr. Ibrahim is of the Ali Sheriff-led faction.

Justice Salauwa had said that the decision to adjourn was taken in the face of a petition written against the panel to the Chief Justice of the Federation and Chairman of the National Judicial Council alleging acts of corruption, bias and breach of oaths of office amongst others.

Furthermore, the respondents had filed a motion at the Supreme Court in which the Justices of Court of Appeal Panel were named as co-respondents in their personal capacities.

The Appeal Court said it will only continue with the matter after the Supreme Court’s rulings expected to be heard on Tuesday.

The PDP on Saturday in a statement by its spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye, said in the light of the decision, INEC should postpone the Ondo election.

“We call on INEC to postpone the Election pending the determination of the suit before the Supreme Court.

“We make this call against the backdrop of the fact that INEC is a party to the suit before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and is well aware of the steps taken by certain parties to the Suit to frustrate the course of justice,” PDP said.

The party also said it is making the call against the backdrop of the fact that INEC postponed the Edo State gubernatorial election and recently postponed the Rivers rerun elections.

INEC had mentioned insecurity as its reason for postponing both elections.

Further lamenting Friday’s Court of Appeal stance, PDP said the indefinite adjournment is a consequence of “latest of several mischievous actions taken by Messrs Biyi Poroye, Jimoh Ibrahim and their legal team led by Mr. Ben Nwofor (SAN)”.

“These actions, ranging from unsubstantiated allegations of corruption to outright disrespect and disregard for the Justices of the Court of Appeal to disruption of Court proceedings and flagrant abuse of Court processes, are all designed to achieve one aim – stall proceedings and ensure that the legitimate Candidate of the Party is prevented from contesting the November 26th, 2016 Gubernatorial Election in Ondo State.”

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The PDP also alleged that judges of the Court of Appeal were intimidated by the recent “arrests and harassment of several judges by men of the Directorate of State Services.”

“These actions are achieving the desired effect as judges are now compelled to refrain from furthering the course of justice by unsubstantiated allegations of corruption,” the party said.

The party also said it is aware that the adjournment is only a part of a much bigger plan to manipulate the election.

“We are aware that this is part of the plan to use the judicial process, security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the election in favour of the ruling party (APC) before the Election Day.

“We call on all well meaning Nigerians to urge the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government to desist from the use of organs of the Nigerian state as a tool with which to subvert the will of the Nigerian people.

“At this point, we must urge all Nigerians to hold the Federal Government, INEC, APC and the Jimoh Ibrahim group for any consequences of the dangerous games that they have chosen to play with the Nigerian people.

The party called on Supreme Court judges to “stand fast in the face of this existential threat to the independence of the Judiciary and democracy itself. We urge the Justices of the Supreme Court to remember the maxim “Justice delayed is justice denied” while determining the issues before it”.

INEC is yet to reply to the PDP’s call but is not expected to postpone the elections due to an intra-party affair.


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  • Harry Haruna

    This is not enough reason, for postponement of an election, it is simply an intra-party affair. If mimiko is afraid that he has lost the election let him do the needful

    • sab

      What is the needful here? When election in Edo was postponed, because of ‘imaginary’ security report that no one heard or saw again, why not shift this by few days in view of the fact that a party to the election including the electoral body is party of the court case? Why do we tend to see things only from personal, tribal or political affiliation point of view? Harry are you telling me you would hold this view if ‘your’ party and INEC are in this situation? Are you saying the reason for the court of Appeal to suspend judgement in the PDP case is justifiable? You won a case at High Court, the other party went to Appeal Court, on the point of delivering judgement you called for the disbandment of the Appeal Court Panel. This was done and another one set up and you still went to Supreme Court to say the Appeal Court was in a hurry to set up another panel and all that. And you are saying this is justice and equity! Diaris God ooooooooooo! Whatever goes around, they say, comes around!

      • Ikechukwu_67

        I thought this is an intra party affair. So assuming Jimoh Ibrahim lost in the appeal court then went to supreme court. Would you support his own call for postponement of the election? Would you tie his call to Edo’s postponement too?

        A faction of the PDP is complaining, how is that other people’s fault. Is it PDP’s fault that Tinubu feels he’s being “cheated” in APC? The intra party squabbles of the PDP is their wahala. Stop spreading the blame.

      • Observer

        pack well, this is PDP’s wahala, why are tey involving APC and DSS? if they cant settle their in house wahala,let them be spectators of the election… the election date if fixed, no postponement, Shikena

      • Harry Haruna

        It is also a simple issue,since they wished for postponement, let them approach court to order for postponement.

  • Harry Haruna

    Mimiko is afraid of the reality (end of his reign) which is imminent.

  • Ade Omowest

    Which faction of PDP called for the postponement of Ondo election, Sheriff or Makafi? What about other parties contesting in the election? The infra-party dispute is not cogent enough to achieve that as INEC law and guide-lines do not support that. Sheriff and Makafi should settle out of court and present a candidate. Chikena.

  • Pat Kolawole Awosan

    No way! Ondo State, gubernatorial election was slated for november 26,2016by the INEC and can not be postpone as all parties except M|imiko,s faction of PDP are all ready for the election to be credibly conducted on november 26,2016.
    PDP_Governor Olusegun,went to Abuja, and tried to bribed his way through the appeal court justices but failed because, supreme court justices informed the appeal court that same suit is pending before them.Hence, appeal court indefinitely suspending the judgement. PDP-Olusegun Mimiko,s grand-plot has failed as his efforts to install his lackey,Jegede, has failed

    • Otile

      Pat Mumuwole,
      You are a very corrupt man. Stop talking about what you know nothing about.

  • wode

    “The PDP also alleged that judges of the Court of Appeal were intimidated by the recent “arrests and harassment of several judges by men of the Directorate of State Services.”
    “These actions are achieving the desired effect as judges are now compelled to refrain from furthering the course of justice by unsubstantiated allegations of corruption,” the party said.”

    Yeah, several court injunctions that would have put INEC in more confusion and jeopardized the whole election process would have been secured with exchange of Ghana-Most-Go bags with already compromised judges. If the judges can’t revere the God that created them having in mind that a day would come when they would answer for their stewardship, then let them fear the consequences of the wrong they may get themselves involved in from the hands of the established institution. Who says there is no change?

    • Observer

      Guy, you said it all.. They know that age of judicial bribery is over

  • Mufu Ola

    So any party that is not not sure or ready for election can precipate crisis within its fold & then call for postponement. Funny.

  • Aminu Baba

    What has APC and INEC got to do with your internal feud? These PDP waiters eh, God go punish una

  • Taiwo

    This is a sign of what Buhari will do in 2019 – desecrate the judiciary, manipulate INEC and use INEC/Court to disorganise PDP to keep himself in power till 2023 for doing nothing.

    • Olusola Rotimi

      PDP and APC dont know what to do. We need alternatives/progressives.

    • Observer

      But you said he has no certificate… But now he has the certificate desecration, manipulation and disorganization…lol.. It was Buhari that imposed Sheriff as PDP chairman and also pushed Wike and Fayose to plot his removal illegally?

  • Femi Fasoranti

    “Of the four leading candidates, only the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Dr Olu Agunloye is free of legal encumbrance as his primary and that of his Deputy, Modupe Akindele, went peacefully” So, why will INEC postpone the election because of PDP, when will have SDP as the best alternative? Dr. Olu Agunloye is the best. I will vote for him.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    The INEC must not postpone the Ondo State, governorship poll because,of PDP-Olusegun Mimiko,s lost the only chance to ensure his stooge,Oyeniyi Jegede,s bid to represent PDP as the gubernatorial candidate of PDP on the November 26,2016 so as to install Oyeniyi Jegede, as Ondo State, governor, in order to cover his massive stinking corruption stains in the last eight years in control of Ondo State public funds which he looted to enriched himself and wife as well as relatives.All the huge bribes Olusegun Mimiko, doled out to judges in the appeal court in Abuja, went down the drain as supreme court instructed appeal court justices, that same suit was pending before the supreme court which tied the appeal court judges hands.