The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied reports that its candidate in the November 26, 2016 Ondo governorship election Eyitayo Jegede has been replaced by another candidate.
The party, in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said there was never a case before the courts on that matter and there was no way that business tycoon turned politician Jimoh Ibrahim would replace Jegede.
The statement read: “The Ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja today, Friday, October 14, 2016 does not in any way affect the matter of the PDP Candidacy in the forthcoming Ondo State Governorship Election.
“The issue of Ondo Governorship was not the matter before Justice Abang in the Suit. The matter before his Lordship was in relation to the 2019 General Elections.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Hon. Eyitayo Jegede remains the Flag Bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Saturday, November 26, 2016 Ondo State Governorship Election.
“We therefore call on all our members, teeming supporters and the electorates in Ondo state not to allow this Ruling to distract them; but should continue with the Guber campaigns to ensure the victory of our flag bearer, Hon. Eyitayo Jegede in the election.”
Earlier, Sahara Reporters reported that Justice Abang had given a specific order that Jegede be replaced with Ibrahim as PDP’s guber candidate in Ondo election.
The judge ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must relate with Ali Modu Sherrif faction of the party.
A source within INEC said they are studying the judgement, but stated that replacement of candidates elapsed on Thursday, October 13, adding that they are bound by the court judgement.
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