Ondo state gubernatorial hopeful and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member, Mr Eyitayo Jegede has called for calm among his supporters after the decision of the Appeal Court to adjourn indefinitely, its judgment on his appeal to reclaim the candidacy of the party in the November 26 governorship election.
The judgment slated for delivery was put off by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa following a motion filed at the Supreme Court by the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff led faction of the PDP asking the Appeal Court panel to hands off the matter.
The Court of Appeal had fixed Friday, November 18, 2016 to deliver judgment in respect of an appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede against the decision of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which ordered the substitution of his name with that of Jimoh Ibrahim for the governorship election.
Jegede, in a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of his Campaign Organization, Kayode Fasua, said that 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 polls.
He, however, said as a true believer in the rule of law and judiciary, he would be at the Supreme Court on Tuesday to thrash out issues raised by the appellants.
He said “the objective of the appellants is to stop a review of 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 added that his team of lawyers are working assiduously to ensure that the latest attempt to subvert his mandate, through several devious means of propaganda, blackmail and unprecedented assault against the judiciary is corrected using available legal means
“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,” he assured.
Jegede also promised to address a world press conference at the appropriate time.