The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday declared Hon Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Ondo State governorship election in compliance with the Appeal Court order.
The electoral commission made the declaration in a statement signed by its secretary, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu.
The commission however did not postpone the date for the election which is scheduled to hold this Saturday.
By this declaration, the commission has replaced Jimoh Ibrahim, whom it has earlier recognized on the back of the High Court order as candidate of the party for the polls.
However, INEC statement read thus: “In compliance with the judgment delivered today Wednesday, 23rd November 2016 by the Court at Appeal Abuja Division, the Independent National Electoral Commission (lNEC) hereby declares that Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) is now the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Ondo State Governorship election scheduled for Saturday, 26th November 2016.
“It will be recalled that in compliance wtth the Order given by the Federal high Court, Abuja Division on Friday 14th October 2016 (re-affirmed on 27th October 2016), the Commission recognized Mr. limoh Ibrahim as the PDP candidate tor the Governorshlp election. However, with today‘s judgment by the Court of Appeal, the Commission hereby recognizes Mr. Jegede as the candidate of the PDP for the said election.
“The Commission wishes to appeal to the good people of Ondo State to come out and exercise their franchise on the election day in a peaceful manner. All the political parties and their candidates participating in the election are also enjoined to play by the rules and cooperate with the Commission to ensure the smooth conduct of the election.”