The crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appears to be far from over.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has reinstated Mr Gbadebo Odimayo as the winner of State House of Assembly primary election for Ode-Irele State Constituency.
Delivering judgment on the suit filed by Mr Odimayo, challenging his substitution by the PDP, Justice Ahmed Mohammed said that having won the November 29, 2014 primary election monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Ondo PDP breached the law by fielding Mr Philip Ajimotoki in the general election.
Although the lawyer to the plaintiff applauded the judgment, lawyer to the defendant announced plans to immediately appeal against the judgment in addition to filing for a stay of execution of the judgment.
The strange ailment that broke out in Ode-Irele, Ondo state has been curtailed. The ailment which was discovered to have been caused by methanol poison in locally made alcohol claimed 23 lives.
Briefing Journalists at the conference hall of the state Ministry of Health, the Commissioner, Dr. ‘Dayo Adeyanju, said that no new case of the ailment has been recorded in the last two weeks.
According to Adeyanju, ten victims are still alive and receiving treatment, two have regained their sights while four others are partially blind.
He added that government is continuing the sensitization of the people of Ode-Irele and it’s environs on avoiding the consumption of the poisoned alcohol.
Adeyanju further informed that the ministry officials are working with the National Agency for Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to ensure the local alcohol are of good quality.
The Ondo State government has advised residents of Ode-Irele and its environs against the consumption of local gin, also known as Ogogoro, following discovery that victims of the Irele strange ailment could have died from possible methanol poisoning after consuming the mixture.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, gave the advice on Monday while giving reporters update of the incident in Akure, the State Capital.
Dr Adeyanju said the government had begun sensitisation on why people should avoid taking all manner of local gin at this period since it was still difficult to trace the source of the alcoholic substance taken by some of the Ode-Irele victims.
He said the state government was on top of the situation, assuring Nigerians that the final report on the investigations into the mysterious deaths, especially the toxicology test would soon be made public.
Earlier reports say the World Health Organization, (WHO) had linked the cause of death to possible pesticide poisoning.
But the Ondo State Coordinator of WHO, Dr. Akinola Fatigerun, dissociated the organisation from the reports.
He said the cause of death of the victims would be known when the report of the test is released.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has blamed the mysterious deaths of 18 people in a village in Ondo State, south-west Nigeria on pesticide poisoning.
The WHO spokesperson, Gregory Haertl, said tests done so far at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) were negative for viral and bacterial infection, but revealled that a weedkiller was most likely responsible.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dayo Adeyanju, has asked visitors to stay away from the ancient town of Ode-Irele until the situation stabilises.
Contrary to the WHO death figure, earlier reports had put the mortality rate in the outbreak of the unknown disease linked by traditionalists in the area to the desecration of a shrine, at 20
The WHO had, however, confirmed the figure to be 18, linking it to chemical intoxication.
The strange ailment that broke out in Ode-Irele, a town in the southern part of Ondo State might be as a result of the victim’s consumption of local alcohol.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, made this disclosure on Sunday, while briefing journalists on the update of the situation.
Dr Adeyanju informed that the preliminary reports of tests carried out, revealed that it is not a viral disease.
“The deaths might have resulted from a methanol poison drank by some of the victims,” he said.
Dr Adeyanju further said that the result of the toxicology test to confirm the statement was still being expected from the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Ondo State Commissioner for Health had earlier told journalists that the state government had deployed a team of health experts to the community to examine the victims and put the spread under control.
It has been reported that the ailment starts with a headache, blindness and eventually leads to death within few hours it attacks its victims.
The Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has disclosed that the symptoms observed bear no resemblance to those associated with the Ebola Virus Disease or any known epidemic disease.
The Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has disclosed that the symptoms observed in Ode-Irele, where a strange ailment broke out, bear no resemblance to those associated with the Ebola Virus Disease or any known epidemic disease.
Governor Mimiko made the statement during a statewide broadcast on the strange ailment which has killed about 17 people in the last few days.
The Governor added that investigations thus far have been in conjunction with development partners, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and from the report sent to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. There are no new cases of the ailment in the last 48 hours and none in the hospital.
He further stated that trained volunteers for active surveillance and case management have been deployed, while advocacy and sensitization efforts are ongoing in print and on electronic media.
Governor Mimiko further said that the final laboratory results of cerebro spinal fluid, blood and urine specimens of victims taken for examination are being awaited as this would help in surmounting the challenge as soon as possible.
The Governor equally advised the people of Ondo State to adhere to strict demands of hygiene such as regular washing of hands and covering of mouths while sneezing.