The battle for who controls the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has moved to Ondo as factional contestants fight over who should be the party’s governorship candidate in the state.
Candidate from the Ali Modu Sheriff faction, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, has dragged Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction’s candidate, Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), to court, in a fight to decide who should be the authentic PDP candidate.
The suit was filed on Tuesday at a Federal High Court in Abuja before Justice Okon Abang, with Ibrahim asking the court not to recognise the candidate of Makarfi led faction of the party.
The suit is between Jimoh Ibrahim and the PDP versus Makarfi, Senator Ben Obi, Senator Odion Ugbesia, Senator Abdul Ningi and Barr Kabiru Usman.
Also joined in the suit were Prince Adeyeye, Aisha Aliyu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The applicants are asking the court to restrain the caretaker committee from sponsoring any candidate for election into its offices or holding any state congress, primaries and conference in Ondo State in whatsoever name for the purpose of electing any candidate for the PDP.
Also, part of the reliefs sought in the suit is that the plaintiff remains the PDP’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2016 election pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
Ibrahim also prayed the court for an order allowing the Plaintiff/Applicants to serve the originating summons and its accompaniments, motion for interlocutory injunction and hearing notice in the suit on the 1 to 7th defendants through substituted means to with: by advertising the originating summons and its accompaniments, motion for interlocutory injunction and hearing notice in two national newspapers.
He also asked for an order for the abridgment of time within which the 1 to 7th defendants may enter appearance and file their responses to the originating summons to eight days, upon being served with the originating process.
The applicant also asked for an order for accelerated hearing of the suit and for such further order or others as the court may deem fit.
By Ebere Ndukwu …
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