THE Ahmed Makarfi faction of Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said supporters of the business mogul, Jimoh Ibrahim, misinterpreted the Abuja Federal High Court’s ruling delivered by Justice O. E. Abang.
The faction claimed that the ruling had nothing to do with the ambition of its governorship candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede SAN, ahead of the November 26 governorship poll.
It added that it has already filed a petition against Justice Abang at the Nigeria Judicial Commission (NJC).
Addressing reporters at the campaign office of Jegede, the party’s factional chairman, Clement Faboyede, noted that the ruling was mainly on whose faction should produce candidates for PDP in 2019 general elections from Southwest states.
Faboyede backed his claim by saying neither Jegede nor Jimoh was a party to the suit that has so far yielded two rulings from the same court.
He insisted that Jegede was the authentic PDP candidate recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Faboyede said nine claimants in the suit filed on June 7, were seeking some reliefs, which sought to determine the tenure and membership of the state executive committee of the PDP in the Southwest Zone and in addition, directions in respect of the party’s primaries for the 2019 general elections.
Besides, he said the claimants sought a declaration that they were the people entitled to deal with nomination of candidates for the 2019 general elections.
He said: “It should be noted that the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for November 26, was not part of the plaintiffs’ claim and no reference was made to it in the claim.”
Faboyede noted that the suit had some drama of the absurd in that, a counsel, Mr. Olagoke Fakunle (SAN), who took the summon for the plaintiffs, also later appeared for the defendants, meaning that he had sued himself.
He said this absurdity also played out in the second process of the suit, when two lawyers from the same law firm, TRP Law, came out – one appearing for the plaintiffs and the other for the defendants.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the leadership of the PDP are defendants in the suit.