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The Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led
panel of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Friday adjourned indefinitely the
judgment on the appeal filed by Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, the substituted
governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming election
in Ondo State.

Jegede, who belongs to the Ahmed
Makarfi-led faction of the PDP, is by his appeal challenging his replacement by
the Independent National Electoral Commission with Jimoh Ibrahim of Ali Modu
Sheriff-led faction of the PDP as the party’s governorship candidate for the
election scheduled to take place on November 26.

The Saulawa panel also adjourned
all other pending appeals, including one filed by Makarfi, relating to the
dispute over the governorship ticket of the PDP in the forthcoming poll.

Justice Saulawa said his panel was
suspending the delivering of the judgments to await the decision of the Supreme
Court on whether or not the appeal court was bound to stay proceedings in view
of the interlocutory appeals nine of the respondents loyal to Ibrahim had filed
before the Supreme Court.

The nine respondents led by Mr.
Biyi Poroye, who filed the motion before the Supreme Court, are state officials
of the Sheriff-led faction of the PDP in the South-West zone.

Justice Saulawa also cited the
motion filed by the respondents before the Supreme Court on Thursday, asking
for an order of the apex court to disband the Saulawa panel and take
disciplinary actions against its members for insisting to hear the appeal in
defiance to established judicial principles on stay of proceedings.

Justice Saulawa said although his
panel was of the view that the proceedings in the cases should continue “having
come this far,” but that it was more reasonable to suspend the proceedings,
particularly when members of the panel had now been made parties to the fresh motion
before the Supreme Court.

“We hereby rule that this instant
appeal and other appeals slated for today for judgments and ruling stand
adjourned sine die to await the outcome of the Supreme Court,” Justice Saulawa
said.

The panel had between Wednesday and
Friday heard the appeals filed by Jegede and Makarfi despite pending appeals
against the panel’s November 10 ruling granting them (Jegede and Makarfi) leave
to file their appeal in respect of the dispute.

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