Ondo PDP Suspends 22 Members For Anti-Party Activities

Ondo PDP Suspends 22 Members For Anti-Party ActivitiesThe Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under the leadership of Mr Clement Faboyede has suspended 22 chieftains of the party for anti-party activities in the just concluded governorship election in the state.

This was included in a statement made available to journalists in Akure by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Banji Okunomo, who said the decision was taken at the State Working Committee (SWC) meeting of the party.

He said, “In line with Section 57 of the constitution of our great party and the inherent task conferred on the State Working Committee of the party, the following members are hereby suspended from the party with immediate effect for gross anti-party activities.”

The suspended members are:

Mr. Biyi Poroye, the sacked State Chairman of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction;

Senator Omololu Meroyi,

Ebenezer Alabi, the defunct state party chairman and running mate to Jimoh Ibrahim in the 2016 election;

Dr. Bakkita Bello, the former State Assembly Speaker and

Dare Emiola, the former Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly.

Others are:

Chief Sola Ebiseni, the former Commissioner for Environment, who aspired for the 2016 governorship candidacy in the Sheriff faction,

Dr. Olu Ogunye,

Chief Mrs Yemi Ajonibode and 14 others.

Mr Okunomo explained further that “by the virtue of the Court of Appeal judgment, Biyi Poroye did not only seize to be executive as he claimed, but they have also turned out to be ordinary members of the party”.

He disclosed that the suspended members were expected to appear before the disciplinary committee of the party on Monday December 5, 2016.

Ondo Election: Former Opponent, Jimoh Ibrahim Congratulates Akeredolu

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Mr Jimoh Ibrahim

One of those in the governorship race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the earlier period of the campaign, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, has congratulated Mr Rotimi Akeredolu on his victory in the Ondo governorship election.

He also went on to endorse him as one who will make a good governor.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, declared the APC candidate, winner of the 2016 Ondo state governorship election.

Ibrahim, at a time, was the candidate of the PDP in the race, after the final candidate, Eyitayo Jegede had his name replaced by that of Jimoh Ibrahim by INEC, in obedience to a court judgment.

Although, the Appeal Court later disqualified Jimoh Ibrahim and reinstated Eyitayo Jegede as the rightful owner of the PDP ticket, the ruling came just few days to the election which INEC refused to postpone.

There was also a call by the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, for a postponement of the election owing to his inability to campaign but the electoral body insisted that it would not shift the election, as it had printed and initiated processes for the election.

Jegede went on to lose the election, coming second behind Akeredolu.

Akeredolu  polled 244,842 votes while Eyitayo Jegede polled 150,380 votes. Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) follows with 126, 889 votes.

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In congratulating his former rival, Mr Ibrahim warned the governor-elect to avoid his fellow PDP member and the outgoing Governor Olusegun Mimiko when the baton of leadership eventually gets to him.

He also said that the accounts of Ondo state require urgent audit, advising the governor-elect to do so quickly.

Ondo Election: One Killed In Owo Violence

ondo election, owo violence As preparation for the Ondo governorship election reaches climax, there are reports of an outbreak of violence in Owo, Ondo state, which has led to the death of one person.

An eyewitness account told Channels Television on Friday, that the fight erupted between supporters of two major political parties running for Saturday’s governorship election.

Several houses were said to have been burnt during heavy fighting also on Thursday night.

According to the All Progressives Congress, (APC), “the attack was meant to provoke violent reaction” from its members, “to cause break down of law and order, to give INEC an excuse to postpone tomorrow’s election”.

The People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), on the other hand, has accused the APC of championing the shooting and the killing, just to create the impression that the PDP is fueling violence.

Meanwhile the State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has again called on INEC to postpone the elections, saying that the candidate of the PDP, Eyitayo Jegede was only upheld as the party’s candidate barely 48 hours ago.

He also argued that the PDP’s agents selected for Saturday’s election are loyalists of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim and that they are reportedly working with the APC against the PDP.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, for INEC, Mr Segun Agbaje, earlier on Friday, re-iterated that the commission would go ahead with the Ondo governorship election, slated for Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Ondo Election: Jimoh Ibrahim Hopeful Of Justice At Supreme Court

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INEC Recognised Ondo PDP Governorship Candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim

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.

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.

Supreme Court Dismisses Second Appeal Filed By Sheriff-Led PDP

Supreme Court Dismisses Second Appeal Filed By Sheriff-Led PDPA five-member panel of justices of the Supreme Court has dismissed an application filed by the Modu-Sheriff led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asking it to evoke its disciplinary powers and disqualify the panel of the Appeal Court hearing the Ondo state PDP candidacy appeal.

In the application, counsel to the Sheriff-led PDP, Mr Beluolisa Nwufor, asked the court to set aside the November 16, 2016 proceedings of the Court of Appeal for being a nullity.

He argued further that the appellate court ought to have stayed proceedings on the matter, having been notified of an appeal against its decision at the Supreme Court.

Nwofor also prayed the court to disqualify the Appeal Court panel for holding parallel proceedings with the Supreme Court.

However, when it was pointed out to him that the said appeal is predicated on an earlier appeal which he requested to be withdrawn and which was subsequently dismissed, he insisted that the lower court judges erred.

In reaction to the application, counsel to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP, Mr Wole Olanipekun pointed that by virtues of the fact that he withdrew his applications earlier the appeal has become an academic exercise which the court ought not to entertain.

He therefore asked the court to dismiss the application.

In the lead ruling, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onoghene, said that it was very clear that the dismissal of the motions for stay in which the orders in this motions were predicated had rendered the prayers one to three, sought by the Sheriff-led PDP academic.

He also added that it was on record that the justices who were empaneled to hear the motion emanating from the lower court were not doing so in their personal capacity and as such, joining them as party is an attempt to embarrass and scandalized the court and this should not be discouraged.

He went on to add that, if applicants are allowed to continue with the pranks in this circumstance there will be no end to litigation.

“I find no merit in this application and consequently dismiss the motion and order cost of 500,000 naira to the counsel to the first three respondents  and one million naira each to each of the three judges to be paid by counsel to Sheriff, Mr Beluolisa Nwofor personally to each of the judges.”

The Supreme Court has also given the Court of Appeal the nod to resume hearing of all appeals relating to the PDP governorship candidacy tussle in Ondo state.

This followed the withdrawal of 10 motions filed for stay of proceeding by the Ali-modu Sheriff faction which led to a stay of proceeding at the appellate court.

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria who presided over the proceedings, Justice Walter Onoghene, dismissed the motion and awarded a cost of 250,000 naira against those who filed them.

Justice Onoghene ordered the Appeal Court to resume hearing because the case is a pre-election matter.

Supreme Court Tells Appeal Court To Continue Hearing On Ondo PDP Crisis

Supreme Court Tells Appeal Court To Continue Hearing On Ondo Election MatterThe Supreme Court has given the Court of Appeal the nod to resume hearing of all appeals relating to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidacy tussle in Ondo state.

This followed the withdrawal of 10 motions filed for stay of proceeding by the Ali-modu Sheriff faction which led to a stay of proceeding at the appellate court.

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria who presided over the proceedings, Justice Walter Onoghene, dismissed the motion and awarded a cost of 250,000 naira against those who filed them.

Justice Onoghene ordered the Appeal Court to resume hearing because the case is a pre-election matter.

Counsel to the Sheriff-led PDP, Mr Beluolisa Nwofor, who earlier served the lower court the motions asked the Supreme Court to strike out the motion but the Supreme Court instead dismissed it.

The Appeal Court had adjourned indefinitely its judgment on the matter involving Mr Eyitayo Jegede’s appeal to reclaim the candidacy of the PDP in the November 26 governorship election.

This was after INEC replaced his name with that of Jimoh Ibrahim of the Modu-Sheriff faction as the party’s candidate in the election.

The judgment slated for delivery was put off by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa following a motion filed at the Supreme Court by the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff led-faction of the PDP asking the Appeal Court panel to hands off the matter.

The Court of Appeal had fixed Friday, November 18, 2016 to deliver judgment in respect of an appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede against the decision of Justice Okon Abang of the  Federal High Court Abuja, which ordered the substitution of his name with that of Jimoh Ibrahim for the governorship election.

INEC To Go On With Ondo Governorship Election

INEC To Go On With Ondo Governorship ElectionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says there is no going back on the date for the Ondo state governorship election that has been scheduled for November 26, 2016.

The INEC’s Director for Elections Monitoring, Mr Bala Shittu, gave the assurance at a conference with elections observer groups in Abuja.

According to him, INEC is ready for the conduct of the elections as scheduled even though it has one final stakeholders meeting in Akure, the Ondo state capital on Tuesday, Nov 22.

He also stated that the electoral body has done risk assessment for the state and has related its finding to security agents for proper security during the polls.

Indefinite Adjournment

The possibility of the election holding became bleak on Friday after the Court of Appeal adjourned judgment in the PDP governorship candidacy tussle indefinitely.

The Court had fixed Friday, November 18, 2016 to deliver judgment in respect of an appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede against the decision of Justice Okon Abang of the  Federal High Court Abuja.

The judgment was put off by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa following a motion filed at the Supreme Court by the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff led-faction of the PDP asking the Appeal Court panel to hands off the matter.

In the motion, factional chairman of the party in Ondo state, Prince Biyi Boroye, accused the three-man panel of bias and prayed the Supreme Court to restrain the judges from further proceedings in the appeals.

The motion served in the panel about 7:30PM on Thursday night alleged that the three judges had betrayed their oath of office with the way the appeals were been handled and that they have refused to be bound by their own earlier orders.

PDP Crisis

INEC has been at the centre of the PDP crisis since its decision to recognise a factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim.

The agency based its decision on the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja which recognised the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the party as the authentic one.

Justice Abang ordered INEC to recognise Mr Ibrahim as the PDP flag bearer for the election instead of Eyitayo Jegede of the Ahmed Makarfi group who was initially seen as the PDP candidate.

The court ordered to reinforce a verdict it earlier gave on June 29, which recognised the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP and directed INEC to only deal with the faction instead of the Markafi group.

Since the release of INEC’s list of recognised candidates for the election, the Makarfi group, to which the Ondo state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko belongs, has been battling to have the ruling and the consequent INEC decision overruled.

The Jegede supporters have insisted that their man remained the authentic PDP candidate in Ondo, having emerged from a well attended and INEC-recognised primary election.

They vowed to explore all legal means to reclaim the mandate and present Eyitayo Jegede as the party’s candidate in the election.

A special panel of the Court of Appeal approved Mr Eyitayo Jegede’s request to appeal the judgement of the court that led to the substitution of his name with that of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim.

The panel, led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, said Mr Jegede had shown sufficient proof that the judgment of Justice Okon Abang recognising Senator Ali Modu Sherrif as the National Chairman of the PDP had grossly affected his rights.

The panel also dismissed an application filed by the factional chairman of the party in Ondo State, Mr Biyi Poroye, who is asking the new panel to recuse, on the ground of gross abuse of court process.

While dismissing the appeal, Justice Saulawa said that the application by Mr Poroye was borne out of mischief and deliberate calculation to frustrate the application for the leave of the court to appeal the Federal High Court’s judgment filed by Mr Jegede.

The Modu-Sheriff group reacted with accusations of bias against the Appeal Court panel and this led to the panel withdrawing from the case.

Ondo PDP Candidacy: Jegede Calls For Calm Over Appeal Court Adjournment

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Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN)

Mr Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for calm among his supporters following the decision of the Appeal Court to adjourn indefinitely its judgment on his appeal to reclaim the candidacy of the party in the November 26 governorship election.

The judgment slated for delivery was put off by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa following a motion filed at the Supreme Court by the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff led-faction of the PDP asking the Appeal Court panel to hands off the matter.

The Court of Appeal had fixed Friday, November 18, 2016 to deliver judgment in respect of an appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede against the decision of Justice Okon Abang of the  Federal High Court Abuja, which ordered the substitution of his name with that of Jimoh Ibrahim for the governorship election.

Jegede, in a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of his Campaign Organization, Kayode Fasua, said that 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 polls.

He, however, said as a true believer in the rule of law and judiciary, he would be at the Supreme Court on Tuesday to thrash out issues raised by the appellants.

He said “the objective of the appellants is to stop a review of 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 added that his team of lawyers are working assiduously to ensure that the latest attempt to subvert his mandate, through several devious means of propaganda, blackmail and unprecedented assault against the judiciary is corrected using available legal means

“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,” he assured.

Jegede also promised to address a world press conference at the appropriate time.

 

Ondo PDP Crisis: Appeal Court Adjourns Judgment Indefinitely

Appeal Court Adjourns Judgment On Ondo PDP CrisisThe Court of Appeal has adjourned judgment in the Ondo PDP governorship candidacy tussle indefinitely.

The judgment slated for delivery was put off by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa following a motion filed at the Supreme Court by the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff led-faction of the PDP asking the Appeal Court panel to hands off the matter.

In the motion, factional chairman of the party in Ondo state, Prince Biyi Boroye, accused the three-man panel of bias and prayed the Supreme Court to restrain the judges from further proceedings in the appeals.

The motion served in the panel about 7:30PM on Thursday night alleged that the three judges had betrayed their oath of office with the way the appeals were been handled and that they have refused to be bound by their own earlier orders.

The three judges; Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, Ignatius Igwe-Agube and George Mbaba were joined as parties in the suit.

Justice Saulawa who announced the receipt of the motion described the move as politically motivated and diabolical.

He added that the panel was put in place on a rescue mission when the Justice Jummai Sänkey-led panel threw in the towel following accusations of bias and bribery.

The case he says will stand adjourned pending the decision of the apex court.

Ondo PDP Crisis: Court Reserves Judgement In Jegede’s Appeal

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Mr Eyitayo Jegede

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has 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 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise Mr Ibrahim as the candidate of the PDP for the election.

The court’s order was adhered to by the electoral body which added Mr Jegede’s name as the candidate of the PDP to the list of persons vying for the governorship seat.

Mr Jegede in his appeal is asking the appellate court to set aside the decision of the lower court and also order INEC to restore his name as the candidate of the PDP in the polls.

Earlier on, the court struck out the appeal filed by Mr Ibrahim, seeking to be joined in an appeal filed by Mr Jegede of the Ahmed Markarfi-led faction.

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INEC-recognised Ondo PDP Governorship Candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim

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 not interested to be a party in the matter, looking at how rowdy the matter had turned.

The Appeal Court panel led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa subsequently upheld Badejo’s submission and equally struck out the application.

Ondo PDP Crisis: Court Dismisses Poroye’s Suit, Grants Jegede’s Request

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Mr Eyitayo Jegede

A special panel of the Court of Appeal has approved Mr Eyitayo Jegede’s request to appeal the judgement of a court that led to the substitution of his name with that of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming Ondo State Governorship election.

The panel is handling appeals emanating from the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State for which an Abuja High Court had ruled in favour of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim.

After the judgement of the Abuja court the Independent National Electoral Commission inputted Mr Ibarhim’s name as the candidate of the party, a decision that had triggered protests in the state.

Gross Abuse Of Court Process

However, in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa on Thursday, the panel said Mr Jegede had shown sufficient proof that the judgment of Justice Okon Abang recognising Senator Ali Modu Sherrif as the National Chairman of the PDP had grossly affected his rights.

The panel also dismissed an application filed by the factional chairman of the party in Ondo State, Mr Biyi Poroye, who is asking the new panel to recuse, on the ground of gross abuse of court process.

While dismissing the appeal, Justice Saulawa said that the application by Mr Poroye was borne out of mischief and deliberate calculation to frustrate the application for the leave of the court to appeal the Federal High Court’s judgment filed by Mr Jegede.

A lawyer to Mr Jegede, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe, applauded the judgment of the court, saying the coast has been cleared for his client to exercise his constitutional right.

“The Court of Appeal saw through the sill of deceit and cynical manipulation of the judicial process that the other side has engaged in.

“We have been granted leave now to appeal and we have filed our processes. We are hopeful that our appeal will be heard very shortly,” he said.

After the judgement, the lawyer representing Prince Poroye, Mr Benuolisa Nwofor, announced plan to challenge the judgment of the court at the Supreme Court.

“For the first to ninth respondents who are my clients, they have a constitutional right to appeal the ruling of the court and we are going to obtain a copy of the ruling and exercise our constitutional right of appeal to the Supreme Court of Nigeria because the weighty issues of law were raised and have not been resolved to our satisfaction.

“We are going to give the apex court the opportunity to have a look at the decision,” he told reporters.