Ondo Election: AD, APC Wrap Up Campaign

Ondo Election: AD, APC Wrap Up Campaign The Alliance for Democracy (AD) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have held their final rally ahead of the Ondo state governorship election holding on Saturday.

The Alliance for Democracy flagbearer, Mr Olusola Oke was in Ondo town where he expressed his gratitude to party members and supporters for their steadfastness throughout the campaign period.

It was a grand entry for the Mr Oke into Ile-Oluji and Oke-Igbo area of Ondo state and the residents rolled out the drums in solidarity with the AD candidate.

However, what started out as a peaceful campaign came under an attack which led to the destruction of a vehicle.

“This is just one of the series of attacks on our members across the state. Only yesterday we were told some of our members were maimed in Owo.

“Security forces must wake up to their responsibilities because all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to keep quiet.

“I am appealing to my people to remain (peaceful) but there is a limit to which they can listen to me. Someone must be there to call them to order,” he said.

He also asked his supporters and other political parties to shun violence in the run-up to the poll.

For the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Akeredolu, victory of his party at the poll come Saturday is assured.

He said this during the rally to wrap up his campaign at his home town in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo state.

The campaign train moved through several towns to get to Owo where thousands of supporters were on ground to receive their man.

The APC candidate, again, rolled out his plans for the people. He maintained that his policies would cater for not just the people of Owo but the entire Ondo state.

Other leaders of the party also expressed their confidence that Akeredolu would emerge victorious at the polls.

Ondo Election: PDP Governors Hail Appeal Court’s Ruling On Jegede Candidacy

Ondo Election: PDP governors heal appeal court judgment on Eyitayo Jegede
Mr Eyitayo Jegede

Series of commendations are coming from Governors of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria after the Appeal Court gave a ruling expected to change the course of things in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election.

There have been controversy over the right person that will represent the PDP in the election after two factions in the state produced two different candidates – Eyitayo Jegede (Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction) and Jimoh Ibrahim (Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction).

After the two candidates emerged at different primaries, the judiciary was approached with suits to determine the right candidate that should be added to the electoral body’s list for the election that will hold in three days’ time, as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

A court had earlier ruled that Mr Ibrahim was the right candidate that should represent the party in the election. The ruling made the INEC documented his name as the PDP candidate in the election.

On Wednesday, however, an Appeal Court upturned the earlier ruling, making Mr Jegede the right candidate. The ruling has changed the situation of things, political analysts say.

Triumph Of Good

Showing their solidarity with Mr Jegede, some governors of the party have welcomed the decision of the appellate court.

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa hailed the ruling which declared Mr Jegede the authentic governorship candidate of the PDP for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

Governor Okowa described the decision of the Court of Appeal panel led by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa, as a triumph of good over political bitterness aided by selfish interests.

Reacting to the unanimous judgment of the appellate court that Jegede was duly nominated as the authentic candidate of the party, Okowa
In a statement by his spokesman, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa urged the Sheriff-led faction of the party and its candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim to stop distracting the party and support Jegede to deliver for the party in the Ondo election.

He said: “I commend the Court of Appeal in Abuja for their unanimous judgement which restored Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of our party. This ruling is very significant because the will of the people, clearly expressed, cannot be thwarted by a clique being propelled by political bitterness and selfish interests they want to promote”.

Call For Postponement Of Election

On his part, the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, commended the verdict, but pointed out that the time was against its party to be able to make a headway in the poll.

Fayose , who craved for the postponement of the poll, as done by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Edo State governorship election, alleged that the INEC in cahoots with the All Progressives Congress (APC) had succeeded in undermining the strength of the party through this unwarranted judicial impediment.

Governor Fayose said: “The judgement shouldn’t have been otherwise, because you can’t cover the truth. I have said it ab initio that charlatans in the PDP are colluding with INEC and APC to undermine our party.

“INEC has no reason in the first instance to change Jegede’s name. So, this mistake was caused by INEC. It was an INEC making and the best way to for it is for the election to be postponed. This is not the best of time for us in the PDP and the good people of Ondo State. This is not the best time this judgement should have come.

“But we are still looking for Nigeria of our own, I mean Nigeria where there will be fairness and equity. It is regrettable that some charlatans can be colluding with INEC and APC to destroy our party.

“This is very regrettable and unfortunate. But they will still be defeated.

“The commission has no reason not to postpone this election, because what the INEC did was a deliberate action to weaken our party.

“This judgement coming at this time is a major setback for our party, which I believe can only be cured if this election is postponed,” Fayose concluded.

Ondo Election: Appeal Court Declares Eyitayo Jegede PDP Candidate

Ondo election, appeal court, Eyitayo Jegede,A final verdict has been given by the appeal court, declaring Mr Eyitayo Jegede, as the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP), political candidate for the Ondo governorship election holding on November 26, 2016.

In a lead judgement by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, he confirmed that the lower court erred when it replaced Eyitayo Jegede with Jimoh Ibrahim.

The justice nullified the proceedings of October 14, when Justice Abang ruled in favour of Ibrahim.

He has also nullified the primary election that produced Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, describing it as an “illegal contraption”.

Earlier on in November, the court of appeal in Abuja had reserved judgment in an appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede, challenging the judgment of the lower court that recognised Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the upcoming election.

The recent development is coming 24 hours after the supreme court, gave the Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led panel of the court of appeal, the go ahead to deliver its judgment on the tussle between Mr Ibrahim and Mr Jegede (SAN), for the Ondo state governorship candidate of the PDP.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), recently dropped Jegede and published the name of Mr Ibrahim as the PDP candidate, forcing Jegede to head to the court of appeal to retrieve his ticket.

Mr Ibrahim, who lost his interlocutory application at the Court of Appeal, at the last sitting had his recent application thrown out, when his counsel Jadegoke Badejo, informed the court about his intention to “withdraw himself from the matter”.

Mr Badejo had earlier asked the court for an adjournment, for him to return the case file to his client because he was no longer interested in the matter, looking at how rowdy it had turned.

A wild jubilation has erupted in major cities and towns in reaction to the judgement.

Edo PDP Lawmakers To Sit Despite Appeal Court Ruling

Edo-Lawmakers-FightThe PDP faction of the Edo State House of Assembly have said that they have appealed to the Supreme Court the Appeal Court judgement against them on Thursday to the effect that they go and answer to the contempt charges against them.

The lawmakers, while briefing newsmen at the PDP Secretariat, said that pending when the Appeal is decided they would continue their sitting at the Assembly Complex which has been under renovation.

The lawmakers decried the court ruling on Friday to the effect that renovation should continue, adding also that the continued blockade of the King Square was necessary for their protection.