PDP Canvasses Postponement of Ondo Guber Election

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called for the postponement of the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
The party said the call became necessary following the unresolved issue of who is the authentic PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede or Jimoh Ibrahim, in the coming election.
While Jegede and incumbent governor Olusgeun Mimiko are members of the Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP, Ibrahim is of the Ali Sheriff-led faction.
Recall, the Appeal Court that would have determined the PDP candidate for the governorship election, adjourned indefinitely Friday, due to litigation and motion filed at the Supreme Court by the Sheriff-led faction, questioning the jurisdiction and property of the special Appeal Court panel.
Jegede had filed a application to upturn a Federal High Court judgment of October 14 that declared Ibrahim as the rightful PDP candidate.
Thus, Jegede’s name was replaced with that of Ibrahim by the Independent National Electoral Commission through the judgment. Ibrahim is at advantage with present situation.
Meanwhile, the Makarfi led PDP on Saturday in a statement in Abuja 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 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 Beliculisa 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.
“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.
“We 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”.

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