The Attorney General and Justice Commissioner in Ondo state, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, weekend, said he was “very close to retrieving his PDP governorship ticket from Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim. Speaking to his supports in Akure, he expressed confidence in the ability of the judiciary to correct “all manipulation of his candidacy by those opposed to democracy… I have submitted my grievances to the courts and despite the contrivance and manipulation by those who are opposed to democracy. We have been vindicated at the first step and God willing we will continue to trudge on.”
He spoke as the PDP in Ondo State hailed the ruling of the special panel of the Court of Appeal constituted to hear matters concerning the PDP candidate. There was jubilation in the state over the court ruling, weekend. Justice Ibrahim Salauwa, who led the three man panel, had in his ruling granted Jegede the leave to appeal the judgement earlier given by an Abuja High Court. The Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Ondo State, Banji Okunomo, hailed the ruling, saying with the rulings, the party is close to 100 percent victory, adding that soon, everything would take its proper shape.
He noted that efforts are being made to ensure that the needful is done on time saying Jegede’s lead counsel, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) had already applied for an abridgement of time which was granted. “Abridgement of time filed by counsel to Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), Wole Olanipekun (SAN) was also granted to enable the court expeditiously conclude the appeal in view of the nature of the suit which is time bound. In view of this, the panel granted not more than 24 hours effective from today for all parties to file in their brief of arguments for adoption so that the final judgement can cone thereafter”, he said.