Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim, the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, has reacted to the Court of Appeal verdict nullifying him as the party’s candidate for the Saturday’s Gubernatorial election in Ondo state.
In his ruling on Wednesday, the chairman of the panel, Ibrahim Salauwa, held that the primary election which produced Mr Ibrahim was unlawful.
Following the order of Justice Okon Abang, a judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced Ibrahim as the PDP candidate in the state.
However, Saulawa held that the lower court erred when it replaced Eyitayo Jegede with Ibrahim.
Consequently, the embattled business mogul has stated that he is heading to the Supreme Court to get justice.
In his reaction, shortly after the verdict of the appellate court, Mr Ibrahim said he is certain of getting justice at the Supreme Court saying the incumbent governor, Olusegun Mimiko paid for the judgment with the state treasury.
His statement below:
I have read the decision of the Court of Appeal delivered today. We have nothing to lose as the Supreme Court seat on the same case tomorrow. We shall get justice at the Supreme Court and if PDP wins Saturday election we shall have our four years mandate to rule Ondo State.
Let me advise you not to abuse anyone or fight over this one day ruling, which was paid for from the state treasury Mimiko will not succeed himself with Jegede this is too sure.
We continue with our work and remain in our great party PDP.
I love the great people of Ondo state and i thank you all for continuous support.
Meanwhile, the INEC has expressed satisfaction with the appeal court ruling that sacked the billionaire as the candidate of the PDP in Saturday’s Ondo governorship election.
The Commission also assured that it would comply with the ruling and that it had been vindicated on who the original candidate is.