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Court insists on Jimoh Ibrahim as Ondo PDP governorship candidate

27 October 2016, 15:27

Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the application filed by the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking permission to appeal the court’s earlier decision, reports Premium Times

The faction's candidate in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, had approached the court, presided over by Justice Okon Abang, for permission to appeal its October 14 judgement.

News 24 recalls that Abang had in the judgement declared the governorship candidate from the rival faction led by former Borno State governor, Ali-Modu Sheriff, as the authentic PDP candidate for the November, 26 election in the state.

Jimoh Ibrahim is the candidate of the Sheriff faction of the party.

Jegede had approached the court to allow him appeal the ruling.

Also read: Jimoh Ibrahim drags Makarfi, others to court

In a judgement on Thursday, Justice Abang said Eyitayo lacked the locus standi to appeal the decision of the court.

He said section 31 of the Electoral Act only allows the party and not the candidate to contest the judgement.

He also said records before the court does not indicate that Jegede was a sponsored candidate of the PDP in Ondo state.

Abang also slammed a fine of N100 000 against Adeola Adedipe, Makarfi’s counsel.

The money, the judge said should be paid to two of Modu-Sheriff’s counsel – Alex Iziyon and O. O. Fakunle – at N50 000 each.

- News 24

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