Ondo guber: Jegede calls for calm over Appeal Court decision

GOVERNORSHIP Hopeful under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 26, 2016 governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede has called for calm among his supporters following the decision of the Appeal Court justices sitting on party’s governorship candidate tussle to adjourn its judgment earlier scheduled for today.

The three man appellate justices headed by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa had announced to the parties that some set of applicants who had before now submitted a petition against the previous panel, had again filed a motion against the new panel at the Supreme Court seeking to stop further proceedings in relation to all matters touching on the PDP governorship candidature.

It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal had fixed today November 18, 2016 to deliver judgment in respect of an appeal filed by Jegede against the decision of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which ordered the substitution of his name with that of Jimoh Ibrahim for the Ondo November governorship election.

Jegede in a statement by the head of media and publicity of his campaign organisation, Kayode Fasua, said he was not unmindful of the fact that the temporary setback is the handiwork of some anti-democratic elements, hell bent on truncating his mandate for the November 26 2016 polls.

He however said as a true believer in the rule of law and judiciary, he will be at the Supreme  Court next week Tuesday to thrash out issues raised by the appellants.

He said the objective of the appellants is to stop a review of the Abang’s contrived judgment through various baseless petitions, spurious blackmail and media propaganda, adding that the day of reckoning is near for these anti-democratic elements.

Jegede appealed to his supporters and believers in his course that despite the hurt they feel they should not take laws into their hands but remain resolute and intensify their door-to-door campaigns, restating that he will contest and win the upcoming poll.

“I call on our supporters to remain calm and not be weighed down by the latest developments, which I believe should only strengthen our resolve in ensuring that despite all contrivances and manipulations, we will contest and win the November 26 2016 governorship election,” he said

He said his team of lawyers are working assiduously to ensure that this injustice to subvert his mandate, through several devious means of propaganda, blackmail and unprecedented assault against the judiciary is corrected using available legal means

“There is no looking back. We remain resolute and focused in our desire to bring development, progress and prosperity to our people, this is our article of faith and with God, we will triumph,” he assured.

Jegede also promised to address a “world press conference at the appropriate time.”