One of the candidates in the list of the Independent National Electoral Commission in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, whose candidacy has been upturned by a court, says he hopes to get justice in the Supreme Court.
Mr Ibrahim on Wednesday gave an indication that he would continue to seek the candidacy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has two factions in Ondo State.
He made the statement after a Court of Appeal nullified his candidacy and upheld the election of Mr Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of the PDP.
Ondo State PDP factions – Ahmed Makarfi-led faction and Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction – had held two different primaries and produced two candidates for the election. Each faction wants its candidate to represent the party in the November 26 governorship election.
The division triggered law suits and a court earlier ruled in favour of Mr Ibrahim, a decision that made the Independent National Electoral Commission to add Mr Ibrahim’s name to the list of candidates in the governorship election.
But on Wednesday the tide changed, as the Appeal Court scuttled that ruling, now giving Mr Jegede the candidacy.
After the judgement Mr Ibrahim said: “I have read the decision of the Court of Appeal delivered today. We have nothing to lose as the Supreme Court seats on the same case tomorrow (Thursday).
“We shall get justice at the Supreme Court and if PDP wins Saturday’s election we shall have our four years’ mandate to rule Ondo State”.
He further advised his supporters not to “abuse anyone or fight over this one day ruling”, which he claimed was paid for from the state treasury.
Mr Ibrahim further told his supporters that Governor Olusegun Mimiko would not succeed himself with Mr Jegede.
“This is too sure. We will continue with our work and remain in our great party PDP.
“I love the great people of Ondo State and I thank you all for your continuous support,” he added.
Some Governors of the PDP had showed their solidarity with Mr Jegede, commending the court for the ruling.