Unless the crisis rocking the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is resolved, its choice of governorship candidate may pose a challenge at the polls.
While the party’s national caretaker committee had insisted that Eyitayo Jegede is its candidate, a court ruling on Friday in Abuja, declared Jimoh Ibrahim as the governorship candidate.
Jegede belongs to the Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee, while Ibrahim is a member of the Ali Modu-Sheriff’s camp.
The committee had last week rejected the court ruling.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye, the party said: “The Ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja does not in any way affect the matter of the PDP’s candidacy in the forthcoming governorship election.
“The governorship issue was not the matter before Justice Abang in the suit. The matter before him was in relation to the 2019 General Elections. For the avoidance of doubt, Eyitayo Jegede remains the standard-bearer of the PDP at the election.”
The party’s state chairman, Clement Faboyede, in affirming Jegede’s candidature, said there were some technical irregularities in the court proceedings and judgment.
He alleged that Justice Abang had an “unholy alliance to subvert the will of the people.”