Senator Ahmed Makarfi led faction the Peoples Democratic Party has called on INEC to postpone the Ondo state governorship election pending the determination of the suit before the Supreme Court, which necessitated the indefinite adjournment by the Appeal Court.
The party in a statement on Saturday, called on the federal government to avoid using organs of the government as a tool to subvert the will of Nigerians. It asked Nigerians to hold the federal government, INEC, APC and the Jimoh Ibrahim group for any consequences of the Appeal Court decision.
The judgment slated for delivery on Friday, Nov. 18 was put off by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa following a motion filed at the Supreme Court by the Ali-Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP, asking the court’s panel to disqualify itself.
The Appeal Court adjourned indefinitely the case on the leadership tussle in the party between the factions led by Ali-Modu Sheriff and Makarfi.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says there is no going back on the date for the Ondo state governorship election that has been scheduled for November 26, 2016.
The commission's Director for Elections Monitoring, Mr Bala Shittu, gave the assurance at a conference with elections observer groups in Abuja. According to him, INEC is ready for the conduct of the elections as scheduled even though it has one final stakeholders meeting in Akure, the Ondo state capital on Tuesday, Nov 22.
Mr Bala also stated that the electoral body has done risk assessment for the state and has related its finding to security agents for proper security during the poll.