A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to recognize Jimoh Ibrahim as the People’s Democratic Party candidate in the upcoming gubernatorial election in Ondo state.
Justice Okon Abang gave the order to reinforce his earlier ruling in June which compelled the PDP to work with the Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the party as authentic party leaders relating to 2019. However, when INEC received the ruling, the electoral body noted the ruling did not mention the status of the Sheriff led PDP faction in relation to 2016 elections. The litigants approached the court to obtain an interlocutory order forcing INEC to include Ibrahim’s name or face contempt.
In resolving their prayers today, Justice Abang gave the order to effect the inclusion of Mr. Ibrahim in the election as a candidate.
An INEC source told Saharareporters that substitution of candidates for Ondo closed yesterday. However, he stated the electoral body would study the order and comply with it as necessary
The Ondo state branch of the Peoples Democratic Party has issued a statement commending the ruling