The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, has called for the postponement of the governorship election in Ondo State slated for November 26.
Makarfi gave the call sequel to the court of Appeal’s decision refusing to deliver judgement on the appeal filed by its faction’s governorship candidate in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, where he sought to upturn an Abuja Federal High court ruling which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to replace him with Jimoh Ibrahim.
Reacting to the court’s decision, National Publicity Secretary of the Makarfi-led Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in a statement said the the election should be postponed until the party’s candidate in the upcoming election is determined by the court.
According to Adeyeye, “We call on all well meaning Nigerians to urge the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government to desist from the use of organs of the Nigerian state as a tool with which to subvert the will of the Nigerian people.
“At this point, we must urge all Nigerians to hold the Federal Government, INEC, APC and the Jimoh Ibrahim group for any consequences of the dangerous games that they have chosen to play with the Nigerian people.
“The judiciary is seen as the last hope of the common man. When the freedom and independence of the judiciary to further the course of justice is tampered with, people often resort to self help.
“We call on INEC to postpone the elections 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.”