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Guber Poll: ‘We Are Not Distracted’, Ondo PDP Reacts To Appeal Court Panel Withdrawal

By Bayo Adegbite | Politics Reporter on November 1, 2016
Eyitayo Jegede, Wole Olanipekun, Adedipe, all senior advocates of Nigeria address the press after the proceedings at the Appeal Court on Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 | Jude Ndukwe/The Trent

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State said on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 that it is “neither distracted nor would succumb to the time worn tactics of judicial ambush” as a result of the withdrawal of the Special Panel of the Court of Appeal handling its case on the removal of its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede SAN by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The party also called for the immediate arrest of Biyi Poroye who made wild allegations against the Panel members and be made to substantiate its claims.

Reacting to the development, the state’s director of publicity of the party, Mr Ayo Fadaka, in a statement said the withdrawal of the panel headed by Honorable Justice Jumai Sankey was “predicated by the specious and unproven allegations of corruption and other sundry charges by the Jimoh Ibrahim group against the panel” which prevented it from hearing the appeal against the judgement of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

“Certainly the petition was a desperate last ditch effort to prevent the panel from carrying out justice. It follows a curious path of blackmail and ambush that Jimoh Ibrahim and his allies have come to be noted for since they took on the job of killing the PDP in Ondo State.

“We alert Nigerians of the grave damage such irresponsible under hand tactics as being deployed by Jimoh Ibrahim and his cohorts could wrought on our fledgling democracy. This attitude to say the least is absolutely irresponsible and obviously calculated to forestall prompt adjudication on the matter” the statement said.

Granted that the courts should be the last hope of citizens, the party said “sadly, events as dictated by the unfounded allegations of corruption and the subsequent recusal by the justices tend to point otherwise.”

The party maintained however that it not disillusioned, distracted and shall not succumb to “this time worn tactics of judicial ambush.”

The party thus encouraged “genuine PDP members to keep faith, remain resolute and steady the course in support of the candidate of the party, Eyitayo Jegede SAN.

” We must not lose sight of the fact we are clearly in the majority in Ondo State. Our strength lies in our votes and no court, no litigation, no delay tactics can determine the direction and beneficiary of your votes.”

The party encouraged its members to continue to hold on tight to their votes assuring that at the end of it all, Eyitayo Jegede candidate will emerge as Governor of Ondo State come November 26, 2016.

Submitting that the challenge being confronted by the PDP today emanates directly from the APC that has obviously recruited a platoon of boot lickers and fifth columnists within the Party to execute hatchet jobs designed to destroy the Party, the PDP said the group of people under the leadership of

Jimoh Ibrahim are the ones that are throwing darts at the heart of the Party.

“We however want to declare that as long as there are distinguished judges in Nigeria, we will get justice as the judicial contraption of Abang cannot hold.

” We also call for the immediate arrest of Biyi Poroye who made those wild allegations and also swore to an affidavit on them to substantiate them, failure of this, is to confirm that he and his group enjoys the support of the Presidency in this dastardly action.

“We call on our members to be calm and patient as this time shall certainly pass away. Those who have chosen to be irresponsible and callous to the extent of destroying a Party they profess to belong will certainly contend with history one day soon,” the party said.


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