The Supreme Court in Abuja has struck out the interlocutory appeals filed by Jimoh Ibrahim, a factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Eyitayo Jegede, another factional candidate.
A 5-man panel led by acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen struck out the interlocutory appeals after hearing them as insisted by Jimoh Ibrahim's counsel Barrister Nwofor.
The interlocutory motions were filed at the apex court by Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP was contesting the court of appeal decision that allowed Eyitayo Jedege to be party in the case challenging the judgment of justice Okon Abang of the federal high court.
The panel struck out the motion on the grounds that it has been overtaken by the judgment of Appeal Court that recognized Jegede as the authentic candidate of PDP instead of Jimoh Ibrahim in the Ondo governorship election.
Even though Jimoh Ibrahim’s counsel Nwofor claimed not to have a court order to that effect, the panel stood its ground, thereby affirming Eyitayo Jegede as PDP’s legitimate candidate in the Ondo election.
The Supreme Court also referred back to the Court of Appeal in Abuja all pending cases relating to the dispute over the leadership tussle between the Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi factions of the PDP.
The appeals referred to the Appeal court have to do with questions bordering on which of the factions of the party has the authority to instruct lawyers to represent the party in a pending case before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Meanwhile, Jimoh Ibrahim has refused to give up hope on becoming the next governor of Ondo state as he as categorically invited his friends and well-wishers to an after-party on Sunday, November 27 (a day after the election) to celebrate his victory.
Ibrahim also replied former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode who unleashed a tirade of hurtful words at him.