The court of appeal has slated Tuesday (01/11/2016) to hear the application of Eyitayo Jegede, Ondo candidate of the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Jegede had approached the court seeking to upturn the order which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) followed in announcing Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP candidate.
On October 14, Okon Abang, a judge of the federal high court, Abuja, ordered INEC to recognise Ibrahim, who belongs to the Ahmed Makarfi commission. When Jegede returned to the court on Thursday, Abang held that he lacked the locus standi to appeal the decision of the court. “The only case where the applicant would have been considered as having a locus standi to contest the October 14, judgement is if he had taken part in the August 29 primary conducted by Mr. Sheriff’s faction,” Abang had said.
At the appeal court on Saturday, the three-man panel of judges led by Jummai Sankey said due to urgency of Jegede’s application, the court would hear the matter on Tuesday. “In view of the contentious notice, the appellant objector and appellant applicant are hereby given 24 hours to file their processes,” Sankey ruled.
“Application of the appellant applicant will be heard on Tuesday.”
The court also said it would hear an application filed by the Makarfi faction of the PDP, challenging the ruling which declared it illegal.