– The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues to be in confusion concerning the Ondo state governorship election
– However, despite the refusal of the appeal court to rule concerning Jimoh Ibrahim, the PDP has met and made its decision known
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have jettisoned the Court of Appeal which refused to rule on the case against businessman Jimoh Ibrahim, a factional candidate of the party in the forthcoming Ondo state governorship election.
The election holds later in November and the PDP does not seem comfortable that weeks to the exercise, its house umbrella remains torn apart with two candidates.
The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP had endorsed Eyitayo Jegede, a former commissioner in the state, but Justice Okon Abang ruled in favour of Ibrahim.
On Tuesday, November 1, the Court of Appeal declined to rule on the issue brought by Jegede. It instead returned the file.
However, hours after the appeal court sitting, all the 36 state chairmen of the PDP met with the national leadership of the party and declared their support for Jegede as the authentic candidate.
According to Dayo Adeyeye, the spokesperson of the party, the meeting between the leadership of the PDP and the state chairmen was held at the temporary secretariat of the party in Wuse II, Abuja, and it deliberated on topical national issues.
“The meeting which was convened at the instance of the national chairman, HE Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, CON, with other members of the national caretaker committee, briefed the state chairmen on the developments in the Party and some certain decisions of leadership.
“The meeting also received reports from the state chairmen on the state of affairs in their various states.
“The meeting equally was optimistic that justice shall surely be served and therefore, both teams reiterated full support for the party’s candidate in the Saturday November 26, 2016 gubernatorial election in Ondo state, Hon Eyitayo Jegede, as the only flag-bearer of the party.
“Finally, we further call on all our members’ nationwide, teeming supporters and the general public, and especially Ondo people, to remain calm and continue supporting the leadership in moving the party forward,” Adeyeye said.