Ondo PDP Crisis : Appeal Court may decide Jimoh Ibrahim, Jegede’s fate today

Eyitayo Jegede
Eyitayo Jegede

The Court of Appeal will on Tuesday afternoon continue hearing in a case that will determine who the candidate of the PDP in Saturday’s governorship election will be.

Jimoh Ibrahim and Eyitayo Jegede, chosen by two different factions of the party, seek to be the candidate with Mr. Ibrahim currently recognised by INEC.

The Court may also decide who the rightful candidate is after hearing arguments from all parties.

Tuesday’s decision by the Appeal Court follows a Supreme Court ruling earlier in the day ordering the lower court to continue hearing the matter.

The Supreme Court dismissed an application filed by a factional leader of the PDP in Ondo State, Biyi Poroye, who is of Mr. Ibrahim’s faction.

Mr. Poroye, a factional chairman of the PDP asked the court to determine the jurisdiction of a panel set up by the Appeal Court President, Zainab Bulkachuwa.

The panel was created after a petition filed by Mr. Poroye’s counsel, Beluolisah Nwofor, accused the former panel led by Jummai Sankey of fraud.

Following that petition, the first panel under Ms. Sankey’s leadership withdrew their participation in the matter on November 1.

Days later, Ms. Bulkachuwa instituted the new panel, led by Ibrahim Salauwa.

But dissatisfied with the decision, Mr. Poroye, through his counsel, made another request demanding the dissolution of the new panel.

When that application was refused by the appellate court, he (Mr. Poroye) approached the Supreme Court to challenge the decision of the Appeal Court. He also prayed the highest court to compel the lower court to suspend sitting.

On October 18, the Appeal Court suspended its sitting till further directive was received from the highest court of law.

On Tuesday a five-member panel of the Supreme Court, led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, dismissed the application for lacking in merit.

The court also asked Mr. Nwofor to pay over N5 million as damages for abusing the panel at the appellate court.


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  • Babso

    I like this judgement. The penalty imposed on the litigant is apt and this should serve as a lesson to those who talk before thinking.

  • Jacky

    Without taking sides in the PDP crisis, I regard the judgement as sound. All sides deserve the right to fair hearing in the appellate court….no matter how late before the election.

  • Uwaoma, Chigozie

    I just wish the Chief Justice of Nigeria, whom Buhari dictatorial/tyrannical administration, would be resolute and defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to which he sworn an oath with. Let him not defend the interest of the executive against the rule of law and constitution of Nigeria.

    Moreso, let the appeal court give their verdict before the end of tomorrow.

    • Charles

      Remember he is in acting position, he must cooperate if he want to be confirmed.

      • Uwaoma, Chigozie

        That’s the major concern. Why must he be placed on acting position, perhaps to get him controlled…
        There is no gain to say that this Buhari led administration is an epitome of corruption…

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    The appeal court must tow same line of decision with the INEC and ensure governor Olusegun Mimiko,s stooge, Oyeniyi Jegede, does not get installed automatically by a sitting governor Olusegun Mimiko, whose tenure ends in Fenruary 2017. The choice of the next Ondo Styate, governor constitutionally rests with the people of Ondo State, not governor Olusegun Mimiko, who must face EFCC investigations after tenure.

    • smart

      Mimiko has only one vote so why trying to illegally rig in your favour. Every candidate (ie. both candidates from PDP, APC, the AD man, etc) have someone who is backing them. PMB is for APC candidate and his federal government is also playing a major role in the election together with INEC.. We hear Tinibu is behind AD, so there is nothing special in Mimiko supporting PDP’s candidate. He is not conducting the election INEC is, he do not control the security personnel that will be used on that day, PMP is. So why force his candidate out through the back door?

    • Charles

      As an educated man, is it right to tell the court what to do?, please use your education to moderate your emotion and sentiment. For me your contribution opposite your education.

  • Taiwo

    I don’t know of any other country in the world where lawyers move from court to court raising frivolous issues, wasting everyone’s time. Both uncivilised and unethical! Is this what they teach in the Nigerian law school?