The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that it will obey the judgment of the Court of Appeal and remove the name of Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in this Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.
The name of Mr Eyitayo Jegede would now replace Ibrahim’s name on INEC’s forms.
However, the commission said the order of the court should be served on it before tomorrow.
Earlier, the court has proclaimed Jegede as the valid candidate for the election.
In an unanimous judgment, the three-man special panel constituted to hear all parties emanating from crisis described the judgment of Justice Okon Abang as a charade, fraudulent and inexperience.
Delivering the lead judgment, Chairman of the panel, Justice Ibrahim Salauwa, said the judgment of the lower court was delivered in violence of the doctrine of natural law of justice [audi altarem partem] by not hearing from one of the governorship candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN).
“The tenets of natural Justice entails that a party ought to be heard prior to determination of case against them”.