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.
“His intention to destabilise the party can never be effectual. He would fail and is only working for some fifth columnists outside the PDP.
“The intention of Jimoh Ibrahim and his sponsors is to put Ondo State under subjugation.
“The PDP calls on its members and supporters to remain focused, steadfast and continue with the campaign for Mr Eyitayo Jegede who emerged at the party’s primaries.
“It is advisable that Jimoh Ibrahim emulates business moguls like Mike Adenuga and Aliko Dangote who have laboured to build their businesses and have today become a point of reference”.