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|Ondo: Jegede Calls For Calm Over A/court Decision, Heads To S/court by kahal29: 6:30pm On Nov 18, 2016|
Governorship Hopeful under the Platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 26 2016 Governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede SAN has called for calm among his supporters following the indefinite adjournment of the case by the Appeal Court justices sitting on the party’s governorship candidate tussle earlier scheduled for today. He also said he would be heading to the Supreme Court to regain his mandate.
The three man appellate justices headed by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa had announced to the parties that some set of applicants who had before now submitted a petition against the previous panel, had again filed a motion against the new panel at the Supreme Court seeking to stop further proceedings in relation to all matters touching on the Ondo State PDP governorship candidature.
It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal had fixed today 18th November 2016 to deliver judgment in respect of an appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede SAN against the decision of Hon. Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja which ordered the substitution of his name with that of Jimoh Ibrahim for the Ondo November Governorship Election.
Jegede in a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of his Campaign Organization, Kayode Fasua said he was not unmindful of the fact that the temporary setback is the handiwork of some anti-democratic elements hell bent on truncating his mandate for the November 26 2016 polls.
He however said, as a true believer in the rule of law and judiciary, he will be at the Supreme Court next week Tuesday to thrash out issues raised by the appellants.
He said the objective of the appellants is to stop a review of the Abang’s contrived judgment through various baseless petitions, spurious blackmail and media propaganda, adding that the day of reckoning is near for these anti-democratic elements.
Jegede appealed to his supporters and believers in his course that despite the hurt they feel, they should not take laws into their hands but remain resolute and intensify their door-to-door campaigns, restating that he will contest and win the upcoming poll.
“I call on our supporters to remain calm, and not be weighed down by the latest developments which I believe should only strengthen our resolve in ensuring that despite all contrivances and manipulations, we will contest and win the November 26 2016 governorship election.” he said
He said his team of lawyers are working assiduously to ensure that “this grave injustice again, to subvert his mandate, through several devious means of propaganda, blackmail and unprecedented assault against the judiciary” is corrected using available legal means
According to him: “For us, there is no looking back. We remain resolute and focused in our desire to bring development, progress and prosperity to our people, this is our Article of Faith and with God, we will triumph”
Jegede also promised to address a world press conference at the appropriate time.
|Re: Ondo: Jegede Calls For Calm Over A/court Decision, Heads To S/court by SillyMods: 6:31pm On Nov 18, 2016|
Better for him to proceed to Supreme Court.
It would have been a travesty of justice for the Appeal Court to give judgment in a case which the court's jurisdiction has been challenged in a superior court (the supreme court).
What was Jegede doing since June 29th that Sheriff's faction got a favorable judgment from the High Court as the bonafide Executive to nominate candidate in Ondo election? Why wait till October to appeal to be joined as an interested party? Clearly, Jegede was wrongly advised and one would have thought that himself being a lawyer would know how to handle a case as this.
And it's crass ignorance for anyone to want to associate APC/PMB with this tussle which is purely PDP's internal affairs. INEC/Judiciary cannot be sentimental because PDP is a major party to trample on our Justice system. Such impunity belonged in the past. Not now.
I recall that APC could not participate in a senatorial election in Kogi sometimes in August or Sept (?) due to a court ruling. The PDP candidate beat other smaller parties and no one cried foul. If you saw nothing wrong in that and are now wailing over this, check yourself into a hospital.
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|Re: Ondo: Jegede Calls For Calm Over A/court Decision, Heads To S/court by sarrki(m): 6:31pm On Nov 18, 2016|
Him no get choice
Abi baba mahal him get ?
|Re: Ondo: Jegede Calls For Calm Over A/court Decision, Heads To S/court by kahal29: 6:34pm On Nov 18, 2016|
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has adjourned sine-die (indefinitely), further proceeding on the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State.
In a ruling on Friday, a three-man Special Panel of the appellate court led by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa, announced their decision to hands-off dispute over who should be the flag-bearer of the PDP in the Ondo State governorship election billed for November 26.
The panel, which had earlier reserved its judgment on an appeal lodged before the appellate court by one of the contenders for the PDP ticket, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, based its decision on a motion from the Supreme Court.
“Only yesterday, at about 7pm, we were served a motion in suit No CA/A/551b/2016, which was filed in the Supreme Court on November 17”, Justice Saulawa stated.
[b]He said the motion which was filed by six chieftains of the PDP in South West, led by Chairman of the party in Ondo State, Prince Biyi Poroye, among other things, prayed the apex court to invoke its disciplinary powers against the appellate court panel.
The Poroye led group, who are Respondents in Jegede’s appeal, further prayed the apex court to not only set aside proceedings of the appellate court, but to also restrain the special panel from further adjudicating on the dispute.
Besides, the Respondents, who are appellants before the Supreme Court, equally applied for an order disqualifying/recusing all members of the special panel on the ground that they betrayed there Oath of Office by their refusal to be bound by laid down judicial principle of staris-decisis.
Poroye and the other Respondents contended that the panel had in a ruling it delivered on November 16, okayed Jegede’s appeal, despite being aware that the Supreme Court was already seized of the facts in dispute.
They had through their lawyer, Mr. Beluolisa Nwufor, SAN, vehemently opposed decision of the panel to hear Jegede’s appeal.
Nwufor, SAN, insisted that hearing the appeal would amount to the panel engaging in an act of “judicial rascality” since the matter was already before the apex court.
He argued that in line with the legal principle of lis-pendis, the appellate court ought to hands-off the case to avoid a situation where it would conduct a parallel proceeding with the Supreme Court on the same subject matter.
“In view of the unchallenged facts brought to the notice of this court that an appeal against the ruling granting leave to the appellant to appeal the high court judgment, which this court made on November 10, is already before the Supreme Court and has been entered.
“It is therefore our position that this court has lost its jurisdiction to continue with this matter. By order 5 Rule 11 of the Supreme Court Rules 1985, as amended, the Supreme Court is now seized of the whole of this proceeding as between the parties herein.
“It is also an undisputed fact that a motion on notice for staying of all further proceedings and further hearing in this appeal is pending at the Supreme Court and has been drawn to the notice of this court.
“We thus maintain that this panel cannot entertain further proceedings until that motion is decided by the apex court, one way or the other.
“Proceeding to hear this appeal will amount to an effort in futility. It will amount to judicial rascality and judicial impertinence.
“I submit that this court should not conduct parallel proceeding with the Supreme Court regarding the same case, but should allow the apex court, in line with the dictates of the hierarchy of courts established by the constitution, which places the Supreme Court above this court, to take a decision regarding the pending motion for stay of proceedings already before it.
“I urge you to follow your own earlier rulings in CA/A/402/2016 and CA/A/402a/ 2016, delivered on September 8, concerning this same Ondo PDP crisis”, Nwufor submitted.
However, the panel, rejected his submission, even as it gave Jegede’s lead counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, the nod to adopt his processes in the appeal.[/b]
Olanipekun had urged the court to ignore Nwufor’s submissions which he said lacked merit and substance.
He maintained that the appellate court had a constitutional responsibility to do justice in the case, saying the court would be abdicating its duties should it allow itself to be stampeded into handing-off the matter.
Meanwhile, announcing the withdrawal of the panel from the matter on Friday, Justice Salauwa, said they took into account, “all the circumstances surrounding the case”, as well as “mischievous processes” filed by the Respondents.
He noted that a previous panel of the court equally disqualified itself from handling the matter following allegation by the same Respondents that it collected N350million bribe to deliver judgment in Jegede’s favour.
“This panel was put in place as a rescue mission after the previous panel headed by Justice Jumai Hannatu-Sankey, revised themselves following mischievous allegations by the Respondents.
“We have come this far and having had a number of considerations and circumstances surrounding politically motivated allegation against us.
“We have decided that enough is enough. It is now time for us to do what is most reasonable and needful, that is, to await the outcome of the Supreme Court on all the issues.
“For us to continue, especially in view of the unfortunate development will be contrary to the voice of wisdom and voice of courage.
“It is our view that we have to await the outcome of the decision of the Supreme Court.
“We have been guided by the Supreme Court decision in Agumagu vs NJC to arrive at the decision. It is left for the apex court to decide whether or not we are right or otherwise.
“We hereby rule that the instant appeal and other sister appeals slated today for ruling, stand adjourned sine-die to await outcome of decision of the Supreme Court”, Justice Salauwa stated.
More so, Vanguard learnt that the Respondents have also lodged a petition against members of the panel before the National Judicial Council, NJC.
Aside Justice Saulawa, other members of the panel are Justices Igwe Aguba and George Mbaba.
Jegede had approached the appellate court to challenge the judgment of June 29 judgment of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to only relate with the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the PDP.
Justice Abang, on October 14, also re-affirmed the verdict, even as he warned the electoral body against accepting candidate nominated by the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led National Caretaker Committee of the PDP.
Acting on the strength of the high court order, INEC, promptly removed Jegede’s name from the list of candidates for the Ondo gubernatorial poll, and replaced it with Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim.
It will be recalled that whereas Jegede emerged from primary election that was sanctioned by the Markarfi-led NWC of the PDP, Ibrahim on the other hand, secured his ticket from the Modu-Sheriff faction of the party.
The highlighted is the Genesis of this present problem. If the panel had abided by the laid down judicial principle of staris-decisis which Olanipekun quoted in Abia case we wouldn't have been here.
|Re: Ondo: Jegede Calls For Calm Over A/court Decision, Heads To S/court by lawlahbammy(f): 6:44pm On Nov 18, 2016|
Eyi lo ni ipinle Ondo. This guy should not waste money.
He should start working towards vision 2021.
|Re: Ondo: Jegede Calls For Calm Over A/court Decision, Heads To S/court by seunmsg(m): 7:57pm On Nov 18, 2016|
Jegede is a loser. He should accept his fate and move on. Even Mimiko is now supporting Akeredolu for governor. Any which way, PDP is fuçked up in Ondo state.
|Re: Ondo: Jegede Calls For Calm Over A/court Decision, Heads To S/court by kahal29: 4:42am On Nov 19, 2016|
|Re: Ondo: Jegede Calls For Calm Over A/court Decision, Heads To S/court by SamuelAnyawu(m): 5:35am On Nov 19, 2016|
You've Said It All... Mimiko never used his common sense. A favourable judgement in June he is now rushing to appeal that judgement in November. Very Silly
|Re: Ondo: Jegede Calls For Calm Over A/court Decision, Heads To S/court by SillyMods: 7:16am On Nov 19, 2016|
SamuelAnyawu:Perhaps he thought he could use the shady means to make Jegede remain the candidate.
|Re: Ondo: Jegede Calls For Calm Over A/court Decision, Heads To S/court by AshiwajuFoward: 7:43am On Nov 19, 2016|
Jegede should go and sit down.
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