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Ondo 2016: PDP reacts to court judgment recognising Jimoh Ibrahim as candidate

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State has asked its members and supporters to disregard the Federal High Court judgement declaring Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s candidate for the state’s governorship election.

In a statement by the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Ondo State, Mr Banji Okunomo, the PDP, he said “its governorship candidate can never be produced through the back door or some unconstitutional procedures.

“The Supreme Court of Nigeria has made it clear that only the National Executive Committee (NEC) of a party could nominate the governorship candidate.”

“This was done in the nomination of Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN). As such, no High Court can invalidate or alter this position which is clearly defined by the highest ruling court in Nigeria,” the party said.

The PDP assured party members that appropriate steps are already being taken to quash what it called an “obnoxious and baseless ruling”.

“Such judgement or ruling, if it ever existed, is appealable with expedition and for want of legal justification shall never stand.

“More so, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim who took the case to court is not a registered member of the PDP.

“Mr Jimoh Ibrahim is a verified nonmember of the PDP at any level; ward, local government or state, having openly defected to the Accord Party.”

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