Ondo 2016: Protest In Akure Over PDP's Guber Candidate [PHOTOS]The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, October 27, released its official list of candidates for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Ondo state.
On the list, billionaire businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, was picked as candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as against former attorney-general of the state, Eyitayo Jegede SAN, who has been campaigning as the candidate of the party.
INEC was acting on the orders of the Federal High Court in Abuja which had ordered the commission to recognise Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the authentic candidate of the party for the election.
Mr Eyitayo Jegede SAN had been elected as PDP candidate at a convention organised by the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party whereas Mr Jimoh Ibrahim was nominated as candidate by the faction of the party led by former Borno state governor, Ali Modu Sheriff.
On Friday, disgruntled members of the Eyitayo camp took to the streets to show their dissatisfaction with INEC’s action and call for the reinstatement of Mr Eyitayo on the INEC candidates’ list.
INEC has maintained that it would only effect changes on the list based on the orders of a superior court.
“We received a court order from the High Court in Akure and that was yesterday(Wednesday), but there was a subsisting one by Justice Abang today (Thursday), that is what happened,” Ondo state resident electoral commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje told Premium Times.
Asked if another court order can upturn the situation, Agbaje said INEC would have no choice but to drop Mr Ibrahim if another superior order comes in favour of Mr Jegede.
“That is why we put in front of the name ‘court order,’ to show that the name was picked as a result of an order of the court,” he said.
“The situation will continue that way until the matter is decided by the Supreme Court if the parties choose to proceed to the apex court.”
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