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Court restrains INEC from replacing Jegede as PDP governorship candidate

27 October 2016, 17:36

Akure - A High Court sitting in Akure has restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from substituting or replacing the name of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the November 26, 2016 governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, reports Premium Times.

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP had gone to court to seek an exparte order to stop INEC from recognizing Jimoh Ibrahim, the candidate produced by the Ali Sheriff faction of the party.

Ruling on the exparte motion on Thursday,  Justice William Olamide of the Ondo court noted that it would be out of order for INEC to replace or substitute Mr. Jegede’s name while the motion on notice was still pending.

He said such ‎would contravene the principles of “equity, justice and fairness.

The court's decision is coming just few hours after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja 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.

Jegede, had approached the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Okon Abang, for permission to appeal its October 14 judgement

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.

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.

- News 24


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