Eyitayo Jegede, whose was removed as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Ondo November 26 governorship election, has called for calm after the Court of Appeal, Friday, adjourned indefinitely in an appeal he had brought the court.
He urged his supporters to be calm and maintain peace and order as he would appeal the decision to reclaim his Mandate.
Jegede in a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of his Campaign Organization, Kayode Fasua said he was not unmindful of the fact that the temporary setback is the handiwork of some anti-democratic elements hell bent on truncating his mandate for the November 26 2016 polls.
He however said, as a true believer in the rule of law and judiciary, he will be at the Supreme Court next week Tuesday to thrash out issues raised by the appellants.
He said the objective of the appellants is to stop a review of the Abang’s contrived judgment through various baseless petitions, spurious blackmail and media propaganda, adding that the day of reckoning is near for these anti-democratic elements.
Jegede appealed to his supporters and believers in his course that despite the hurt they feel, they should not take laws into their hands but remain resolute and intensify their door-to-door campaigns, restating that he will contest and win the upcoming poll.
“I call on our supporters to remain calm, and not be weighed down by the latest developments which I believe should only strengthen our resolve in ensuring that despite all contrivances and manipulations, we will contest and win the November 26 2016 governorship election.” he said.
He said his team of lawyers are working assiduously to ensure that “this grave injustice again, to subvert his mandate, through several devious means of propaganda, blackmail and unprecedented assault against the judiciary” is corrected using available legal means According to him:
“For us, there is no looking back. We remain resolute and focused in our desire to bring development, progress and prosperity to our people, this is our Article of Faith and with God, we will triumph”
Jegede also promised to address a world press conference at the appropriate time.
The three-man appellate justices headed by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa had on Friday announced to the parties that some set of applicants have filed an appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the judgment of the panel that it was properly constituted and had right to hear Jegede’s appeal.
He said the respondents in Jegede’s appeal filed a motion against the panel’s judgment at the Supreme Court seeking to stop further proceedings in relation to all matters touching on the Ondo State PDP governorship candidature.
It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal had fixed today 18th November 2016 to deliver judgment in respect of an appeal filed by Jegede against the decision of Hon. Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, Abuja, who ordered the substitution of his name with that of Jimoh Ibrahim for the Ondo November Governorship Election.