Supreme Court has directed an appeal court sitting in Abuja to proceed with hearing all the applications related to the crisis in the Ondo State PDP over the State’s Governorship poll coming up on Saturday.
A five member panel headed by acting Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Justice Walter Onoghenon dismissed a motion by the sheriff PDP faction for a stay on hearing the applications by the appeal court.
The Apex Court whose ruling followed the withdrawal of Ondo State PDP Chairman, Biyi Poroye from the motion, also awarded a cost of N250,000 against all those who filed the motion.
With the apex court’s ruling, the court of appeal can now decide on all the petitions on the disputed PDP primaries related to the forthcoming polls before it.
The Appelate Court last Friday had Witheld its ruling on the application filed by the Makarfi PDP challenging INEC’S replacement of Eyitayo Jegede with Jimoh Ibrahim as Ondo State PDP candidate.
Meanwhile, force headquarters says it is deploying 26,000 personnel to Ondo state for the provision of adequate security during the Saturday governorship poll.
Also to be deployed are three helicopters for surveillance, 12 armoured personnel carriers and 20 gunboats to the state’s riverine areas.
Inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, who announced this at a meeting with officials of the independent national electoral commission (INEC) and Politcal Parties officials in Akure, also says three police commissioners will be deployed for special duties during the poll.
He explains that five police officers will be posted to each of the polling units.