The special panel of the Appeal Court sitting on the Ondo People’s Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate tussle has dismissed the application of sacked factional chairman, Biyi Poroye challenging its jurisdiction and asking for its disbandment.
Justice Salauwa, the presiding judge, on Thursday, November 10, 2016 said that Poroye’s application is stinking, has no merit and is “hereby dismissed”.
Two other justices on the panel, Ignatius Agube and George Baba agreed with Justice Salauwa that the application is “absurd, blackmail, utmost mischief, abuse of court process” aimed at annoying the appellant and obstructing justice.
The Appeal Court justices added that it is a misnomer for the president of the court to consult with parties before setting up any panel which would undermine his administrative powers as enshrined in the constitution.
The special panel also granted Mr. Eyitayo Jegede’s application to appeal the Justice Okon Abang judgement which ordered the substitution of his name with that of Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP governorship candidate.
In his lead ruling, Justice Salauwa said the application is of merit having critically examined the grounds of appeal and supporting affidavits as well as counters from the other parties.
He said Eyitayo Jegede clearly established with copious evidence that he was affected by the ruling though not a party to the suit having successfully gone through a primaries in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The two other Justices concurred with Justice Salauwa ruling.