By Adenike Lucas
The Supreme Court has struck out all the interlocutory appeals filed by the Ali Sheriff faction of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Senator Sheriff-led faction had chosen Mr Ibrahim Jimoh as the PDP candidate in the upcoming election in Ondo State but the Court of Appeal ruled against this decision.
Justice Onnoghen, the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria read the lead ruling, declaring that the pending appeals before the apex court had become academic in view of the judgment of the Justice Saulawa-led panel of the Court of Appeal, Abuja delivered yesterday (November 23), reinstating Mr Eyitayo Jegede, SAN as the PDP’s governorship candidate in the Ondo State election.
Today’s ruling by a five-man panel of judges from the highest court in Nigeria, led by Justice Walter Onoghen, struck out the interlocutory appeals made by Mr Ibrahim’s counsel Barrister Nwofor.
Justice Onoghen instead referred back to the decision made by the Court of Appeal on November 23, 2016.
In that ruling, Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, the lead judge in a three-member panel, explainded that the judgement of the Federal High Court, which directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to put Mr Ibrahim – from the Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff faction, as the PDP candidate in the Nov 26 Ondo election was an“illegal contraption.”
The decision of the Supreme Court Judges caused Femi Fani-Kayode, a member of the BOT of the PDP to taunt Mr Ibrahim again.
In a series of tweets posted today, Mr Fani-Kayode lambasted Mr Ibrahim, calling him a “pig” who “will NOT be our candidate on saturday and Eyiyayo Jegede will proudly carry our flag. We shall win!”
Mr Fani-Kayode, who served as a media director to Presidnet Goodluck Jonathan, had earlier congratulated Mr Jegede on the victorious ruling from the Court of Appeal.
He said: “For every agent of darkness there is an agent of light.For every demon there is an angel.For every Justice Abang there is a Justice Salauwa.”