The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has revealed its willingness to obey the judgement of the Court of Appeal, which asked it to remove the name of Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Edo Elections on Saturday under one condition. The INEC Stated the condition being that the order of the court should be served on it before Friday. The commission said it would now replace his name with that of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) as ordered by the appeal court. It said it was when such judgment is served on it that it will immediately comply with it. Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the commission, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this in an interview with our correspondent. He nevertheless said that the commission was not planning to shift the date of the election. Oyekanmi said that the commission would now jettison the earlier Federal High Court judgment by Justice Abang Okon, asking it to use the name of Ibrahim as the PDP candidate.
Meanwhile, the Ali Modu Sheriff-led Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim has reacted to the court of appeal judgement ordering his removal from the INEC list for this Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ondo state. See: Appeal Court Sacks Jimoh Ibrahim, Reinstates Jegede Mr. Ibrahim in a statement released shortly after the judgement said he is certain of getting justice at the Supreme Court saying the incumbent governor, Olusegun Mimiko paid for the judgment with the state treasury. he Said, “I have read the decision of the Court of Appeal delivered today. We have nothing to lose as the Supreme Court seat on the same case tomorrow. We shall get justice at the Supreme Court and if PDP wins Saturday election we shall have our four years mandate to rule Ondo State. Let me advise you not to abuse anyone or fight over this one day ruling, which was paid for from the state treasury Mimiko will not succeed himself with Jegede this is too sure. We continue with our work and remain in our great party PDP. I love the great people of Ondo state and i thank you all for continuous support”