An Abuja Division of the Appeal Court will today (Tuesday) rule on an application challenging the June 29 court judgement that recognized the Modu Sheriff-led faction as the genuine leader of the Peoples Democratic Party.
A panel of three judges led by Jummai Sankey, on Saturday, reserved the judgment after listening to applications by parties on the matter.
The court will also decide on an application by the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the party challenging a recent court ruling which directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to recognize Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s flagbearer in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
Justice OkonAbang had on June 29 declared the emergence of Mr. Makarfi as the PDP chairman as a product of impunity and ordered INEC to deal only with the faction led by Mr. Sheriff in all elections involving the PDP.
In furtherance of the judgement, Mr. Abang declared the emergence of Eyotayo Jegede, from the faction led by Mr. Makarfi as the governorship candidate of the PDP in the November election of Ondo state, invalid.
He gave an order that INEC should recognise Mr. Ibrahim as the party’s flagbearer because he emerged winner in the primaries conducted by the faction led by Mr. Sheriff.
Although a High Court in Ondo State had given a counter-directive, INEC complied with the order by Mr. Abang.
Similarly, the Court of Appeal has slated today 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, OkonAbang, 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. Application of the appellant applicant will be heard on Tuesday,” Sankey ruled.
The court also said it would hear an application filed by the Makarfi faction of the PDP, challenging the ruling which declared it illegal.