From Bamigbola Gbola- gunte, Akure
FORMER Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Ondo State, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) yesterday declared that he will contest Saturday’s governorship election in the state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Jegede who addressed his supporters who welcomed him to the state after weeks of legal battle in Abuja said he was confident that he would represent the PDP in the election in spite of the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and court rulings.
INEC had declared Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim the authentic candidate of the PDP for Saturday’s election following a judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court which Jegede had appealed.
Also, the Justice Ibrahim Salauwa led Appeal Panel had deferred his judgment on Jegede’s appeal challenging his unlawful substitution by INEC until the Supreme Court rules on Tuesday on a motion against
the panel by the Ali Modu Sheriff led PDP. Apparently, to assure his supporters that all hope is not lost with the Appeal Court’s decision, Jegede stormed the state yesterday and assured of his faith in ruling the state.
Jegede said he is always greatly encouraged by the rousing reception and solidarity shown by the people, assuring that collectively, they will triumph over all their negative forces.
“My driving force to forge ahead has been God and the unprecedented solidarity from you my people in spite of all adversaries that we contend with everyday. Very soon, we shall triumph because we are unstoppable.”
He advised the people to keep intact their Permanent Voter Cards to enable them vote him, expressing optimism that the case in court will be over early this week.
“They keep asking us what makes us confident that we will contest this election, we say we have God who rules in the affairs of men. By early next week, the Pharaoh we see today, we will see them no more,” Jegede declared