The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West has commenced moves to seek a political solution to the festering governorship crisis in the state chapter of the party.
The Coordinator of the South-West PDP BoT, Shauib Oyedokun, stated this in a statement made available to one of our correspondents, on Saturday.
Oyedokun said, “A high-powered team is in the offing to wade into the lingering crisis. A political solution is the only cheaper and faster option. As the courts are hearing the cases, PDP leaders should exercise caution on making comments that could jeopardise the peaceful efforts being made. The BoT is concerned about the crisis because the consequences of Ondo State’s (political) travails transcend the borders of the state.”
Meanwhile, a factional candidate of the PDP in the state, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), has declared that no amount of intimidation, blackmail or undue interference with the administration of justice will stop him from contesting the November 26 governorship election in the state.
Jegede said he was confident that justice would prevail soon since he was contesting a court judgment recognising Jimoh Ibrahim, another factional candidate of the PDP, as the authentic governorship candidate of the party.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Jegede said recent developments were evidence that some anti-democratic elements were ready to subvert his mandate.
He said, “We are not unaware of the fact that the anti-democratic elements and their allies in the system have mapped out series of surreptitious tactics to subvert our mandate, and interfere with the course of administration of justice.
“No matter the act of blackmail, intimidation and undue interference from any quarter, as a senior member of the legal profession, I have absolute confidence in the judiciary as the last hope and bastion of our democratic process. I am confident that I will contest and win the November 26 2016 governorship election in Ondo State.”
In a related development, a group, the Coalition for Stable Democracy, has expressed concern over what it called “suspicious silence” of pro-democracy movement and right groups on the controversial replacement of Jegede with Ibrahim as the governorship candidate.
In a statement by its National Secretary, Abdullahi Sanni, issued in Kaduna, the group said, “It is condemnable given the insinuations that people close to President Muhammadu Buhari are the ones manipulating the Independent National Electoral Commission, at a time when all hands ought to be on deck to ensure that the electoral body regains its lost glory since the exit of Professor Attahiru Jega. Today, it is Ondo State, no one is sure of where next it would happen.”