A High Court sitting in Akure has restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from substituting or replacing the name of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede as candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 26, 2016 governorship election.
Justice William Olamide gave the ruling on Thursday based on an exparte motion, brought before the court by the Clement Faboyede-led PDP in Ondo State.
Justice Olamide, noted that it would be out of order for INEC to replace or substitute Jegede’s name pending the determination of the motion on notice as this would contravene the principles of equity, justice and fairness.
He directed the PDP to ensure service of the order herein granted, which is the motion on notice and originating summons on INEC before the next date of hearing fixed for the 7th of next month.
The judgement read in part: “It is hereby ordered as prayed. The defendant/respondent is hereby restrained either by itself, chairman, commissioners, agents and servants, officers or privies or through any person or persons, howsoever from changing, replacing, removing, substituting or in any manner tampering with the name, Eyitayo Jegede SAN as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the governorship election slated for November 26, 2016 pending the determination of the motion on notice.
“In the interest of justice and fair hearing, the Claimant/Applicant is hereby ordered to ensure service of the order herein granted, the motion on notice and originating summons on the Defendant/Respondent before the next date of hearing”.