The appeals in respect of the Ondo State governorship candidacy for the November 26 governorship election, has taken a new dimension as the three-man panel of justices have stepped down from the cases.
This move follows allegations that the Justices had been compromised with a three hundred and fifty million bribe, to give judgment to the other faction.
The three Justices bowed out of the cases following a petition written by a factional chairman of the party in the state, Biyi Poroye, which alleged that the Justices have been compromised.
Poroye, who swore to an affidavit evidence to buttress his allegations, believes that the Justices have been compromised because the presiding Justice, Jumai Hannatu Sankey is prone to corruption.
The petitioner further alleged that Justice Sankey had been sick for the past five years and this had seriously affected her finances.
Counsel to Jegede, Wole Olanipekun , expressed surprise by the development claiming he was not copied.
The senior counsel described the petition as most embarrassing, because the Justices had made no moves to suggest any likelihood of bias.
He appealed to the Justices to refer the petition to the appropriate security agents for investigation and punitive action.
Counsel to the petitioner, Alex Izinyon, on his part, asked the court to invite the petitioner to the court room to explain the rationale behind his petition and to make clarifications on how he came about petition.
But attempts to produce the petitioner in court proved abortive as he was said to have fled the court immediately the issue of the petition was raised.
In her ruling, Justice Sankey said,it is a settled law that when a case of likelihood of bias has been raised in a petition, it has to be looked into, even if the petition is frivolous.
She described the petition as painful, and the use her ailment by the petitioner, as an insult.
The case file has been sent to the President of the court of appeal, for reassignment.