The Court of Appeal in Abuja today ruled in favour of Eyitayo Jegede and the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), effectively ordering INEC to substitute the name of Jimoh Ibrahim from the ballot as PDP candidate for Saturday’s governorship poll in Ondo.
Justice Ibrahim Salauwa, leading other judges, ruled in favor of Eyitayo Jegede, and nullified the primary which produced Ibrahim.
The ruling came after a five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, yesterday ordered the Court of Appeal to deliver its arrested ruling from last Friday.
Present at the court for the ruling were several PDP bigwigs including factional party chairman Ahmed Makarfi; Chairman of DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi; Former Foreign Minister Tom Ikimi, Jerry Gana, Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, Olajumoke Akinjide, Austin Opara, Ibrahim Shekarau and Stella Omo.
Biyi Poroye, who led the factional team that was defeated today, said his group has appealed to the Supreme Court and that a hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow to decide if Jegede should have been allowed to join the case as a litigant. It is not clear if the Supreme Court will rule on the matter tomorrow.