The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus of the House of Representatives, on Friday, said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should have postponed the election to give more opportunity to the PDP flag-bearer to appeal to the electorate through campaigns.
This appeal came even as the caucus said that votes of the electorate should count as the governorship election holds in the state today.
INEC, it will be recalled had earlier recognised Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP candidate for the election before the Court of Appeal, in Abuja, ordered the electoral body to list Mr Eyitayo Jegede as the party’s candidate.
A statement issued by the leader of the PDP Caucus, Minority Leader, Honourable Leo Ogor said, “We had hoped that the Independent National Electoral Commission would consider the logical reasons being advanced for such an extension, in the strict interest of fair play and justice”.
On the need for votes to count, he said, “Nonetheless, we find it necessary to draw attention to needless shenanigans, desperate scheming and unimaginable manipulations that had been engineered by the ruling APC, its known appendages and its unseen hands towards crushing the will of the people in Ondo state by all means”.
The PDP Caucus then commended the three-member panel of Appeal Court judges, led by Ibrahim Salauwa, for pointing out that the ruling by Justice Okon Abang, on October 14, on the PDP crisis in relation to Ondo was a complete “fraud”.
The PDP caucus equally applauded the Supreme Court’s assertive decision that all pending cases relating to the dispute over the leadership issues of the PDP be referred back to the Court of Appeal, Abuja.