Ondo Guber: Again, Jegede wins at Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has struck out all application challenging the leave of appeal to replace Jimoh Ibrahim in place of Eyitayo Jegede as the Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate for the Ondo Governorship election this Saturday.
The Appeal court as at yesterday upheld that the lower court Judgment given by Justice Okon Abang dated October 14, is notorious, fraudulent and misleading, so therefore is set aside.
A five-panel of Justices led by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen upheld in his ruling that, “The decision of the lower court on the substantive matter yesterday 23 November, 2016, that decision has rendered the instant interlocutory appeal academic as appellant has the right to appeal against the said Judgment including the interlocutory ruling”
In this circumstance this appeal is hereby struck out with no order as to cost. Onnoghen said
In his earlier submission, counsel to Eyitayo Jegede, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) noted that the said appeal with number SC/947/2016 should not be excluded from the list of other pending interlocutory appeals which have been overtaken by events following the Appeal court judgment of Wednesday, 23rd November which replaced Eyitayo Jegede as candidate of the PDP for the Ondo polls.
The Appeal court had adjourned proceedings on Tuesday the 22nd November to resume this Thursday for ruling on the pending application against the decision of the Abuja Division of the Appeal Court to grant leave of appeal to challenge the High Court judgment that resulted in his substitution by Jimoh Ibrahim.