By Adenike Lucas
The Appeal Court has ruled in favour of Eyitayo Jegede SAN in the crisis enraging the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo state.
Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, the lead judge in a three-member panel, confirmed that the lower court erred when it replaced Mr Jegede with business man Jimoh Ibrahim for the November 26 election.
The justice nullified the proceedings of October 14, where Justice Okon Abang ruled in favour of Mr Ibrahim.
However, Mr Ibrahim has approached the Supreme Court to appeal the judgement.
The Supreme Court will seat on the case tomorrow.
Judge Saulawa said that the primary election that produced Mr Ibrahim of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction, was an “illegal contraption.”
Femi Fani-Kayode, a big critic of Senator Sheriff, has called to congratulate Mr Jegede on the positive ruling he got from Justice Salauwa.
In a statement, received today, Mr Fani-Kayode said “the usurpers, spoilers and agents of darkness have been exposed.
He stated that “justice has been done,” and “the PDP is back and we are now on the rise.
“Shame on Ali Modu Sheriff, Jimoh Ibrahim and their Justice Okon Abang,” he added.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has now been ordered to recognise, Mr Jegede from the Senator Makarfi faction of the PDP.
Among those contesting with Mr Eyitayo for the top job in the state are, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN and the Alliance for Democracy’s Olusola Oke.