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– INEC says it named Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of PDP for Nov 26 guber election in Ondo state based on an order from Federal High Court
– The electoral commission says it would have no choice but to drop Ibrahim if another superior order comes in favour of Jegede
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed why it named businessman Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo state.
According to Olusegun Agbaje, the Ondo state resident electoral commissioner, INEC approved Ibrahim as PDP’s candidate based on an order from the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Okon Abang, Premium Times reports.
Justice Abang had on October 14 declared Ibrahim the true candidate of the PDP. He also rejected a plea by Eyitayo Jegede seeking to be allowed to appeal the October 14 court judgement.
It is based on these two court rulings that INEC approved Mr. Ibrahim as the PDP candidate, Agbaje revealed. Speaking to Premium Times on Thursday, October 27, Agbaje said: “We received a court order from the High Court in Akure and that was yesterday (Wednesday), but there was a subsisting one by Justice Abang today(Thursday), that is what happened.”
When asked if another court order can upturn the situation, Agbaje said INEC would have no choice but to drop Ibrahim if another superior order comes in favour of Jegede. He said: “That is why we put in front of the name ‘court order,’ to show that the name was picked as a result of an order of the court.
“The situation will continue that way until the matter is decided by the Supreme Court if the parties choose to proceed to the apex court.”
The commissioner said the politicians had brought themselves into a tight corner, noting that instead of going to the Court of Appeal, they were jumping from one high court to the other. He said: “Now they have to go on appeal at a higher court. “They are the ones undoing themselves and like I said, we do not have any candidate. We will only abide by the laws guiding the process.”
Jimoh Ibrahim’s name was posted on an INEC notice board in Akure yesterday as well as on the commission’s website. This implies that until a superior court gives a contrary judgment, Eyitayo Jegede, the candidate of the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the PDP will not be accepted as the party’s candidate.
Recall that a court order from an the Ondo state high court on Wednesday, October 26, restrained INEC from recognizing Ibrahim as the candidate of the PDP pending the determination of the substantive suit before the court, but this was overruled by the High court.