Ondo 2016: El-Rufai, Fashola, Fayemi allegedly behind INEC’s removal of Jegede’s name

There are strong indications that the recent crisis in Ondo State over the choice of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, in the forthcoming November 26th governorship elections may not be unconnected with top chieftains of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

Among those fingered behind the alleged ‘conspiracy’ against PDP’s Eyitayo, according to findings of an online news portal, The Trent are, Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State; Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) and Minister of Solid Minerals Development Dr. Kayode Fayemi .

However, it is still sketchy if President Buhari is privy to the action of his ministers and the governor, who many said have been exerting more power and influence in the presidency since the All Progressives Congress, APC came to power in 2015.

Recall that INEC replaced the name of Eyitayo Jegede with Jimoh Ibrahim in its final list released last Thursday, claiming it was obeying a court order by Justice Okon Abang.

According to The Trent’s findings, anonymous sources within INEC also confirmed how the commission ignored the advice of its legal department and a consortium of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, advising it to obey court orders restraining it from removing Jegede’s name and replacing it with Jimoh Ibrahim, a billionaire businessman labeled to having a link with the APC.

However, in what seems like a sudden change of plan to a pre-planned calculation, Governor Olusegun Mimiko whose preferred candidate is Eyitayo Jegede has been running around leaving no stone unturned to have his preferred candidate back on INEC’s final list.
Meanwhile, the Appeal Court as set Tuesday, November 1, 2016 to pass judgement on the application to set aside the court order by Justice Okon Abang.

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