Ondo State PDP: Court Of Appeal Grants Poroye Leave To Appeal Its judgment

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By Martins Odeh

Abuja  –  The Court of Appeal Special Panel, sitting on the ongoing leadership crisis in the Ondo State PDP on Thursday in Abuja, granted Mr Biyi Poroye leave to appeal the judgment of the court.

The Poroye-led Ondo State Executive of the party was on Nov.23, 2016 stripped of its powers by the Justice Ibraheem Saulawa led panel.

The penal also held that all actions taken by the state leadership of the party under Poroye was null and void.

The height of the judgment hinged on the recognition of  Eyitayo Jegede as the authentic candidate of the party in the Ondo State Nov.26, 2016 governorship election.

The decision automatically knocked-off  Jimoh Ibrahim as the favoured governorship candidate of the party.

Dissatisfied with the decision, Poroye approached the court seeking leave to enable him challenge the judgment in the Supreme Court.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the Amodu Sheriff faction of PDP also obtained the permission of the court to appeal the decision.

Poroye had insisted that Sheriff remained the only authentic National Chairman of the party.

The panel has yet to decide on the issue bordering the national leadership of the party.

The Ahmed Markafi-led national leadership of the party had appealed Justice Okon Abang’s judgment which upheld Alhaji Amodu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party.

NAN reports that the panel said it would be guided by the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division fixed for Feb.17 on similar matter.

Sheriff-faction had dragged the Ahmed Makarfi-led committee to the division of that appellate court.

Makarfi-led committee was appointed by the National Working Committee (NEC) of the party to oversee the machinery of the party until such a time that the crises within the party were resolved.

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