NATIONAL Caretaker Committee of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the postponement of the November
26, Ondo State governorship election.
In a statement yesterday by its
National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the committee stated that
rescheduling the election would enable the Supreme Court to give a ruling on
the controversy concerning who is the authentic candidate of the PDP in the
The opposition party noted that the
postponement of the poll was imperative, especially as the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) is also a party to the case before the apex court.
PDP factions loyal to the National
Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi and former National Chairman
of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, had nominated Messrs Eyitayo Jegede and
Jimoh Ibrahim respectively as their candidates for the Ondo gubernatorial
However, based on the order of a
Federal High Court in Abuja presided by Justice Okon Abang, INEC listed Ibrahim
as the PDP candidate for the election.
Last Friday, a Court of Appeal
panel led by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa, which was set up to determine the appeals
of Makarfi and Jegede against the order of Federal High Court, Abuja, which
recognised Ibrahim as standard bearer of the PDP in the Ondo governorship
election, adjourned all proceedings sine die pending the determination of a
motion filed before the Supreme Court by the respondents on the dispute.
The committee while urging the
Justices of the Supreme Court to remember that “justice delayed is justice
denied”, called on INEC to postpone the election pending the determination of
the suit before the Supreme Court.
“We make this call against the
backdrop of the fact that INEC is a party to the suit before the Court of
Appeal and Supreme Court and is well aware of the steps taken by certain
parties to the suit to frustrate the course of justice,” the committee said.
It added: “We also make this call
against the backdrop of the fact that INEC postponed the Edo State
gubernatorial election and recently postponed the Rivers re-run elections
without any cogent or visible reason.”
The party claimed that the
“unsubstantiated” allegations of corruption made against the justices of the
Court of Appeal by the Sheriff faction was a ploy to stall proceeding at the
appellate court and ultimately exclude Jegede from the governorship contest.
“We are aware that this is only a
part of a much bigger plan to use all available resources of state to prevent
the legitimate candidate of the party from running for and winning the Ondo
State gubernatorial election. We are aware that this is part of the plan to use
the judicial process, security agencies and INEC to rig the election in favour
of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), before the Election
Day,” it noted.