|Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim|
Ibrahim made this known while addressing newsmen, adding that the judgement given by Saulawa and nullified the proceedings of October 14 when Justice Abang ruled in his favour was without consequential order and therefore not binding on him.
The business guru described the Appeal Court ruling as ‘one day ruling’ as the Supreme Court sits on the same case today tomorrow (Thursday).
“I have read the decision of the Court of Appeal delivered today (yesterday) without a consequential order,” an unruffled Ibrahim said. The ruling failed to specifically say that my name should be substituted by INEC.
“Since there is no consequential order directing INEC to do so, the judgement is therefore not binding on me and INEC cannot remove my name and as such I remain PDP candidate for Saturday’s election.
“But we are optimistic that we have nothing to lose as the Supreme Court sits on same case tomorrow. We shall get justice at the Supreme Court and if PDP wins Saturday’s election, we shall have our four-year mandate to rule Ondo State
“Let me advise the good people of Ondo State and my supporters nationwide not to abuse anyone or fight over this one day ruling which was paid for from the state’s treasury.
“Mimiko will not succeed himself with Jegede. This is too sure as we continue with our work and remain in our great part, PDP. I love the great people of Ondo State and I thank you all for continuous support.”
Meanwhile the Independent National Electoral Commission Wednesday said it will obey the judgement of the Court of Appeal.
Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the commission, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, said: “Yes, the judgment as we followed it shows that we must replace the name of Ibrahim with that of Jegede. “We will obey the judgment because this is an order coming from a superior court. We will abide by that decision.
“However, we will expect that the judgment be served on us before Friday to enable us comply. When we are served, we will comply immediately.
“But we are not going to shift the date of the election. We have passed that stage. The election is going to hold on Saturday, November 24 as scheduled.”