The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has struck out the name of JIMOH IBRAHIM and replaced it with that of EYITAYO JEGEDE as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate for Ondo governorship election, scheduled for Saturday.
A statement signed by the Commission’s Secretary, AUGUSTA OGAKWU, said the decision is in line with the judgment of the Appeal Court which ordered it to replace IBRAHIM’s name with JEGEDE as the PDP candidate for Saturday’s election.
The Court of Appeal panel, led by Justice IBRAHIM SALAUWA set aside the ruling of Justice OKON ABANG of the Federal High Court, ruling that JIMOH IBRAHIM is an imposter.
The statement recalled that in compliance with the Order given by the Federal High Court, Abuja Division on Friday 14th October, 2016 and re-affirmed on 27th October, 2016, the Commission recognized JIMOH IBRAHIM as the PDP candidate for the Governorship election. However, with Wednesday’s judgment by the Court of Appeal, the Commission hereby recognizes EYITAYO JEGEDE as the candidate of the PDP for the said election.
INEC’s Director of Voters’ Education and Publicity, OLUWOLE OSAZE-UZZIE, expressed INEC’s readiness to comply with the Appeal Court ruling, adding that the elections would go on as scheduled.
At the end of the appeal court ruling, which is the second to the last stage in a legal tussle in Nigeria, the man at the centre, EYITAYO JEGEDE reacts.