Again, the Supreme Court Thursday struck the interlocutory appeals filed by by the Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State.
The Appeal Court had on November 10 granted Jegede the leave to be joined as interested which Ibrahim’s camp appealed against the judgment and sought for interlocutory injunction to stop Jegede and the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction from taking the structures of the party in the state.
In unanimous judgment Thursday, the court referred the parties back to the Court of Appeal, Abuja, to resolve all pending cases relating to the dispute over the leadership tussle between the Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi factions, before coming back to the apex court for consolidated suit.
The five-man panel of the apex court led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onoghen, also, in a separate unanimous ruling, struck out all pending appeals relating to the candidacy of the PDP for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
Justice Onnoghen, who read the lead ruling, held that the pending appeals before the apex court had become academic in view of the judgment of the Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led panel of the Court of Appeal, Abuja delivered on Wednesday, reinstating Eyitayo Jegede as the PDP’s governorship candidate in the Ondo State election.
the Acting CJN threw out the 14 separate motions filed before it by chieftains of the PDP from six South West States.
Justice Onnoghen held that the interlocutory appeals had turned “academic”, considering the fact that the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had already delivered verdict on the substantive matter.
However, the apex court declined to award cost against the appellants who are loyal to the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the PDP.
Onnoghen held that it was against the rules of the court to determine interlocutory appeals and motions when a lower court had decided on the substantive issues.
“To this end, all interlocutory appeals relating to the Ondo State PDP governorship crisis and the leadership tussle of the party at the national level are hereby struck out.
“The contending parties are ordered to go back to the lower court and do the needful.”, he ruled.
Those behind the appeals that was struck out by the apex court were factional Chairman of the PDP in Ondo State, Prince Biyi Poroye and Ademola Genty (for themselves and the Ondo State Executive Committee of the PDP), Hon. Olasoji Adagunodo, Bola Ajao Lateef (Osun State PDP Excos), Hon. Taiwo Akeem, Hon. Alaba Adelabu (Oyo State, as well as Hon. Bowale Solaja, Otunba Adewale Segun and Ogunbiyi Adeleke Olasukanmi.
It will be recalled that the Court of Appeal in Abuja, Wednesday , declared Jegede as the rightful candidate of the PDP for the Ondo poll.
The appellate court equally vacated the June 29 and October 14 verdicts of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which initially ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to recognise Jimoh Ibrahim as PDP flag-bearer for the governorship election.
Whereas Jegede emerged from primary election that was sanctioned by the Senator Ahmed Markarfi-led National Working Committee of the PDP, Ibrahim on the other hand, secured his ticket from the Ondo State Executive Committee of the party which is loyal to PDP faction under the leadership of Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff