Ondo rejoice over court verdict

Yinka Salaam, Akure

It has been celebration galore in the city of Akure and other parts of Ondo State for the supporters of Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

This followed his victory over his rival at the Appeal Court on Wednesday.

The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC to substitute Jimoh Ibrahim a candidate of another faction of the party with Jegede, the favored candidate of PDP.

Jegede’s supporters are of the opinion that their candidate could still win election despite the delay, leaving them with just a day of electioneering campaign

Jegede had approached the appellate court to challenge the High Court verdict, which ordered INEC to only relate with the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the PDP.

Justice Okon Abang of the High Court had on October 14, also re-affirmed his decision, even as he warned the electoral body against accepting any candidate nominated by the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led National Caretaker Committee of the PDP.

INEC consequently removed Jegede’s name from the list of candidates for the Ondo gubernatorial poll and replaced it with Mr. Ibrahim.

As Jegede emerged from primary election of the Markarfi-led faction, Ibrahim secured his mandate from the Modu-Sheriff-led group.