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Chief Olabode George
Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief
Olabode George on Sunday added his voice to the raging fuss over Ondo
Governorship election, calling on President Mohammadu Buhari to ensure
justice is done in the case.

Daily Trust has reported that The
decision the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to
replace Eyitayo Jegede’s name with Jimoh Ibrahim as PDP’s candidate for
the November 26 governorship election has been generating crisis in the

his voice, George said the INEC’s decision to recognize Ibrahim as
PDP’s  candidate is “perhaps one of the most unsavory and disturbing
interventions in our political space since the dawn of democracy”. 

According to him, “The decision is not only wrong, it is an inexcusable assault upon justice, fairness and morality”. 

He appealed to the President, “as an officer and a gentleman, to ensure justice invariably prevails in Ondo state”. 

said though the case is now before the appellate court, the body
language of Buhari was imperative “in ensuring the preservation of our
democratic tenets”. 

who was a PDP chairmanship candidate, pointed out that Ibrahim is not a
bonafide PDP member in Ondo State, saying he imposed himself as the

PDP chieftain who was a Military governor of the state called on
Governor Olusegun Mimiko and the people of the state to remain calm,
saying justice would be done. 

said, “By all measures of equity and appropriateness, Jimoh Ibrahim
cannot claim to be the bonafide candidate of our party in Ondo state. 

Ibrahim card carrying membership in PDP is Ibrahim went to an hotel
room in Oyo state and declared himself a candidate of an election that
will decide who will govern Ondo state! What a travesty of rationality.

everyone, including INEC and all the law enforcement agencies,
witnessed the well televised Ondo state gubernatorial primary which
produced Barrister Eyitayo Jegede as the lawful PDP candidate. Now why
upset the apple-cart? 

state had been peaceful, calm, without any hitches. The Justice Okon
Abang ruling which had forced the hands of INEC has now created tension
and deep- seated uncertainties everywhere”. 

reiterated that justice should not only be done in the case, “it must
be carried out swiftly to convince our people that truth and fairness
are the most crucial ingredients of democracy”. 

added, “We cannot stand and be indifferent when injustice is being
committed. Our judges must at all times refrain from arbitrary rulings
that can plunge our democracy into the abyss. Justice must prevail in
Ondo state. Decency and fair play must determine the outcome of the
appellate ruling. 

appeal to my brother, the governor of Ondo state Dr Olusegun Mimiko and
the good people of Ondo state whom I was privileged to govern about 30
years ago to keep the peace and maintain civility even in the face of
this unbridled provocation. I know that this injustice will not endure.
This darkness will pass. Justice, truth and common sense will eventually
triumph over arbitrariness”.

Source: Daily Trust

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