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Ondo 2016: Court Suspends Hearing On PDP Appeal

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Following a petition, alleging bias, a court of Appeal has suspended ruling on appeal filed by the Ahmed Makarfi-led opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The appeal is contesting the substitution of Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim with Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, as the party’s flagbearer for the November 28, 2016 Ondo State Governorship election.

The Appeal court, however failed to announce the new date.

It would be recalled that Justice Abang Okon ruled last week that Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the PDP is recognized by the law.

Upon the ruling, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) late Thursday last week announced that given the court ruling, Mr. Ibrahim was recognized by it, while at the same time, dropped Mr. Jegede, whose name has earlier been submitted.

Jegede’s substitution has since announcement prompted violence protest by the PDP supporters in some parts of the South West State. Mostly affected were the State capital, Akure and Ore.

The State Governor Dr. Olusegun Mimiko also last week Friday stormed Aso Villa and met with the President Muhammadu Buhari and raised alarm of likely break down of law and order, due to the substitution.

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