The Court of Appeal is to deliver its much-delayed judgement on the governorship candidacy in Ondo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at 12 noon today (Wednesday).
Two candidates from two different factions of the party-Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction and Mr. Eyitayo Jegede of Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction are battling for the party’s ticket.
The Supreme Court had on Tuesday gave an order restoring jurisdiction to the Court of Appeal, Abuja, to determine all appeals arising from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership dispute.
Justice Walter Onnoghen, the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, led three other justices of the court to arrive at the decision.
The apex court dismissed all the motions filed by the factional chairman of PDP in the state, Biyi Poroye, and asked him to pay N250 fine.
The Appeal Court had on Oct. 18, suspended hearings into the various applications pending the decision of the apex court.
The Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party had approached the apex court following the decision of the court of appeal to grant leave to Ahmed Makarfi faction to appeal against the decision of the Federal High Court.
The appellant had also challenged the decision of the court of appeal to allow Eyitayo Jegede to appeal against his substitution as PDP candidate for the forthcoming Ondo governorship election.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that on June 29, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court upheld Sheriff as the Acting National Chairman of the party.
The decision bestowed on Sheriff’s faction of the PDP the right to conduct governorship primary of the party for the Nov. 26 Ondo State governorship election.