The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the Abuja Division of the Appeal Court the green light to continue the hearing of all appeals relating to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidacy tussle in Ondo state.
On October 18, the Appeal Court had suspended hearings into the various applications pending the decision of the highest court.
The applications were brought to the Appeal Court by a factional candidate of the party, Eyitayo Jegede, who challenged the decision of the Federal High Court in Abuja to replace him with another contender for the ticket, Jimoh Ibrahim.
Even though the duo belong to the PDP, Mr. Jegede was picked by the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party, while Mr. Ibrahim was selected by the camp of former Borno governor, Ali Sheriff.
A three-member panel of the appeal court led by Ibrahim Salauwa set aside the matter to await the decision of the Apex Court.
However, a five-man panel led by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, today ordered the appellant court to continue hearing on the matter.
Onoghene, dismissed the motion and also awarded a cost of N250,000 against Biyi Poroye and others that filed it.
Other members of the Supreme Court panel include Tanko Mohammed, Kudirat Kekere Ekun, Ejembi Eko and Kumai Akaahas.
The Appeal court will decide at once about 14 appeals relating to the PDP and the Ondo governorship crisis.