Jimoh Ibrahim says ‘nothing to lose’ in Appeal Court ruling on Ondo

National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.
National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.

The candidate of the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimoh Ibrahim, has reacted to Wednesday’s Appeal Court ruling sacking him as the party’s candidate in Saturday’s Ondo governorship election.

The Court of Appeal replaced Mr. Ibrahim with Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party.

But Mr. Ibrahim said he was certain of getting justice at the Supreme Court.

Mr. Ibrahim accused the incumbent governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, of paying for the judgment with the state treasury.

“I have read the decision of the Court of Appeal delivered today.

“We have nothing to lose as the Supreme Court sits on the same case tomorrow.

“We shall get justice at the Supreme Court and if PDP wins Saturday election we shall have our four years mandate to rule Ondo State,’’ Mr. Ibrahim said.

Meanwhile, the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction has commended the Court of Appeal for its judgment.

Dayo Adeyeye, the National Publicity Secretary of the faction, said the judgment was proof that what transpired at the lower court was miscarriage of justice.

Mr. Adeyeye made the remark in a statement on Tuesday.

The Court of Appeal panel led by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa on Tuesday set aside the ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court recognising Jimoh Ibrahim as PDP candidate in the Ondo state guber poll.

The Appeal Court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to replace Mr. Ibrahim’s name with Eyitayo Jegede.

Mr. Adeyeye said the party appreciated the Nigerian judiciary for “standing behind truth as it affects the attempt by enemies within working in consonance with some jittery and desperate opposition members.’’

He said the aim of the enemies of the party was to thwart PDP’s participation in the Ondo State governorship election.

Mr. Adeyeye said the judgments delivered by the Supreme Court and that of the Court of Appeal had rekindled the hope of the common man in the judiciary.

He said: “This shows that justice might be delayed, but will surely come provided the oppressed refuse to give up on his rights.

“The judgment delivered by the Justice Salauwa-led Appeal Court Panel which returned the validly elected candidate of our party, to his rightful place was expected.

“It was expected because we were sure that the travesty of justice carried out at the lower court will in any sane society, not stand the test of time.’’

Mr. Adeyeye added that it was gratifying to note that all the seven issues before the Appeal panel as relates to the illegal substitution of the factions’ candidate, were decided in favour of Mr. Jegede.

“This goes to prove that what transpired at the lower court was a miscarriage of justice.”

Mr. Adeyeye expressed hope that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would toe the line of the Court of Appeal by postponing the Saturday election by a minimum of two weeks.

He said the postponement would allow the faction’s candidate to inform the people of the state his programmes for them through campaigns.



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  • Harry Haruna

    All these rigmarole in pdp camp may affect its chances

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    The pdp seem not to have learnt its lessons as a party at the centre in the last 16 years. Since 2003, when Anenih came up with his famous slogan of no vacancy in Aso Rock and State Houses of incumbent; democracy was sacrificed to imposition of candidates.Since 2003, pdp has always had multiple factions conducting state primaries producing different candidates. Obasanjo had always use the `family` affair mantra to cover up this pdp cancer by rewarding state factional candidates or leaders with federal appointments.Most pdp primaries that had produced state flagbearers have been held outside their states and not witnessed by Inec. To wit, the pdp primaries that produced Nuhu Ribadu and current Gov of Taraba were held in Abuja. If Mimiko had not sought to exclude others and impose his candidate, this would have been avoided. The unfortunate issue is that, instead of social commentators and analysts to identify the problems and blame the perpetrators, they would rather to choose to blame Buhari or Presidency for attempts to destabilise the pdp ,Ondo state and SW. Justice Abang has never handled any electoral matter between the APC and PDP. All his rulings has been for pdp vrs pdp. The 3 major contenders except for Mimiko contested the last elections. But will 3 days be enough for pdp to re-energize its base and galvanise its supporters to the polls when it has not be able to hold any rallies and campaigns? I see AKETI winning with an even larger margin.

    • Dele Awogbeoba

      It is in the larger interests of the Yoruba that the PDP wins. Yoruba should have a strong position within the PDP with 2 governors. The AD candidate will split the APC vote. I therefore believe that the APC will come third and either the AD or PDP wins.

      • Lakeside

        Taking a cue from you, I will say that it is in the larger interest of democracy that PDP wins the Ondo guber election so that Nigeria will not end up being a one party state. I do not know Mimiko or Jegede from Adam. May Jegede win the election. May APC lose. Amin.

        • Pat

          Voting for a governorship candidate goes beyond “defending” multi party system. The people of the state should vote based on who they think will deliver good governance in the state. It doesn’t matter if a party win all the elections provided the party delivery meets citizens expectations. Citizens should vote their conscience.

          • sab

            Aside high tech rigging, I believe PDP or AD will win. Reason is that APC have not done any good to the living conditions of Nigerians since coming into power. The message and sign are clear across the country. Everyone is tired of blame game in the face of suffering. Also, the manner APC candidate emerged and its lingering feud which the courts have continued to put under carpet suggests the direction of votes on Saturday.

          • Pat

            It is not a secret that PDP has been tested by Nigerians and their score card is in public domain. I wonder how people will want to continue trusting people that never want good for their future and their families with their destiny. A fraudulent and corrupt leaders should always be blamed anyway, especially when they have not show any sign of repentance. PDP ideology of “Come with me to eat the National Cake” at the detriment of welfare or the masses crumbled Nigerian economy and it should never be allowed again. PDP symbolises fraud!

      • Spoken word

        Sounds like you have your thinking cap upside down

      • Charles

        good calculation my brother

      • ebong

        Which calculator did you use in this calculation?

        • Titus

          It does not need calculator

    • ebong

      I’m proud of your wisdom and objectivity. We need people like you in this country.

    • sab

      Alert, to an extent you made some valid points. But let us get a few things clear. First, once a party takes the driving seat at state or federal level, there is bound to be disagreements over choice of candidates for elections. This is because everyone seems to have the belief that once you are picked or selected, there is high degree of confidence you will win. And of course everyone wants to rule others. Look at what happened at the APC during National Assembly inauguration, no one wanted to step down for the other. Look at what also transpired at Edo APC primary leading to the emergence of Obaseki. Juxtapose that with what is currently enveloping the party in Ondo. These things are bound to happen sometimes. But it all depends on how you manage them. Coming back to the Ondo PDP issue, I think you got it upside down. Reason is that there was already factions in the party before the primaries in Akure and Ibadan. PDP got factionalised way back in June during the party’s convention in Port Harcourt. Recall also how Ali Modu Sherif was then said to have been deposed as chairman. This brought in its wake two separate primaries for the Edo election. Don’t forget that INEC monitored the Senator Makafi led faction who met the conditions by informing INEC of their planned primaries and INEC subsequently monitored both, at Edo and Ondo. But this is not the case with Ali Modu Sherif faction who even held their Ondo primaries in Ibadan even though ordinarily there should be nothing wrong in venue provided all other conditions were met as set out by the law. However, recall the clear statement by Kano State governor, Ganduje, on the emergence of Sherif then as PDP chairman. Ganduje made it clear Sherif is an APC man and that when the time comes, he will work for the APC. Has Ganduje not become a prophet or Nostrademus of this time? So my dear, let us eat the rice and throw away the stones contained therein. Emergence of Jimoh Ibrahim was never a product of Mimiko shutting out other aspirants in the party but a result of factions who either have different interests or are out to do some dirty jobs. The APC primaries crises in Edo was even more than what is playing out in Ondo PDP because in Edo, Oshiomhole had to engage in open war with his deputy. They were already dancing naked in the market with accusation of assassination attempts and diabolical warfare. So my dear, these things are not peculiar to one party or individual alone but cuts dangerously across all parties and politicians alike irrespective of colour, tribe or religion.

  • deeveeboot

    Editor Premium Times,

    ₦10million fine imposed on Jimoh Ibrahim’s lawyer

    Has the lawyer to Jimoh Ibrahim paid the ten (10) million Naira imposed on him yesterday
    by the Supreme Court of Nigeria? The Supreme Court imposed that fine to punish the
    lawyer for incompetence, fraud and uncouth behaviour. The lawyer risks jailing if he
    doesn’t pay the ten million Naira latest at 4.00pm today. It’ll be worse for him if the
    same lawyer is the one on records to argue for Jimoh Ibrahim in the same court
    at a related proceeding tomorrow. Power to punish idiocy shall not be impaired.