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Ondo PDP crisis: Supreme Court gives Appeal Court go-ahead, strikes out Poroye’s motion

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THE Supreme Court has given the Court of Appeal an order to go ahead with all issues relating to the Ondo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate tussle.

Acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who presided over the hearing, also struck out 10 motions for stay of execution filed against the lower court after Biyi Poroye’s lawyer announced the withdrawal of all the motions, which was not opposed by other counsels.

Justice Onnoghen directed the Appeal Court justices to immediately proceed with the case in view of its urgency.

The Supreme Court also awarded a cost of N250,000 against Biyi Poroye and others that filed the motion.

Other members of the Supreme Court panel include Tanko Mohammed, Kudirat Kekere Ekun, Ejembi Eko and Kumai Akaahas.

The court will decide at once about 14 appeals relating to the PDP and the Ondo governorship crisis.

Wole Olanipekun, Emmanuel Ukala and James Onoja led the team for Eyitayo Jegede, Ahmed Markarfi, Ali Modu Sheriff -led PDP respectively, and Nelson Anih for INEC.

Present in court are Eyitayo Jegede, national caretaker chairman of the PDP, Ahmed Markarfi, factional Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff and party chieftains across the country.