The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has declared Mr. Eytayo Jegede as the candidate of the PDP for the election coming up on Saturday.
The commission said it took the decision following the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, which ordered it to remove the name of Ibrahim as the PDP candidate.
The Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Agusta Okagwu, made the position of the commission known in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday night.
She said, “In compliance with the judgment delivered today, Wednesday, November 23, 2016, by the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, the Independent National Electoral Commission hereby declares that Mr. Eyltatyo legede (SAN) is now the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2016.
“lt will he recalled that in compliance with the order given by the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, on Friday, October 14, 2016 (re-affirmed on October 27, 2016), the commission named Mr. Jimoh lbrahim as the PDP candidate for the governorship election.
“However, with today‘s judgment by the Court of Appeal, the commission, hereby, recognises Mr. Jegede as the candidate of the PDP for the said election.’’
Meanwhile, the dethroned gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim has reacted to the judgment which ordered INEC to remove his name as the candidate of the PDP in Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.
Ibrahim said in a statement shortly after the judgment that he was sure of getting justice at the Supreme Court.
He said there was no way the incumbent Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, would succeed himself by planting Jegede as his successor.
His statement read in part, “I have read the decision of the Court of Appeal delivered today (Wednesday). We have nothing to lose as the Supreme Court sits on the same case tomorrow. We shall get justice at the Supreme Court and if the PDP wins Saturday election, we shall have our four-year mandate to rule Ondo State.