Ondo poll: Fayose backs judgment on Jegede, seeks poll shift
Even with the Court of Appeal’s verdict that Mr Eyitayo Jegede be returned as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo, Ekiti state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has insisted that the election should be postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Justice Okon Abang of a federal High Court Abuja had earlier ordered INEC to substitute Jegede’s name with that of Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of PDP in the election.
Fayose, who commended judgment, however, pointed out that the time available for campaign was against his party to be able to make a headway in the poll.
Fayose said: “The judgement shouldn’t have been otherwise, because you can’t cover the truth. I have said it ab initio that charlatans in the PDP are colluding with INEC and APC to undermine our party.”
He argued that INEC had no reason in the first instance to change Jegede’s name who was dully nominated at a primary attended by the INEC’s officials.
“So, this mistake was caused by INEC. It was an INEC making and the best way to address this is for to shift the election. This is not the best time this judgement should have come earlier.
“But we are still looking for Nigeria of our own, I mean Nigeria where there will be fairness and equity. It is regrettable that some charlatans can be colluding with INEC and APC to destroy our party. This is very regrettable and unfortunate. They will still be defeated.”
He said the commission has no reason not to postpone the election , describing INEC’s action as a deliberate action to weaken the PDP.
“This judgement coming at this time is a major setback for our party, which I believe can only be cured if this election is postponed”, Fayose concluded.