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Why Jegede Lost To Akeredolu At The Apex Court – Lawyer

The Supreme Court had by a narrow-split decision of 4 Justices against 3 decided to safe Governor Akeredolu’s seat at the Ondo state government house.

According to Pius Danba an Abuja base Lawyer, the law Lords decided that Governor Akeredolu cannot be removed as Governor of Ondo State, noting that the linchpin of the case is that the current Chairman of APC who doubles as Governor of Yobe State is not allowed by the Constitution to hold such two offices. Thus, an unconstitutional Chairmanship cannot produce any valid product or valid nomination of Governor Akeredolu as candidate of APC in Ondo election, citing his bases on section 183 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Danda disclosed that the little technical point that saved Gov Akeredolu was that Jegede failed to join Gov. Mai Mala Buni in the suit.

“It was a narrow escape. It was very slim. As slim as the skin of teeth. It may never ever be so in next elections or APC party activities for obvious reasons.

“The lame argument that Mai Mala Buni cannot be joined in subsequent suits because he has immunity is the biggest joke I have ever heard. The law permits that Governor can be sued in certain circumstances. This is one of them. We have a whole opinion on this.

“The competence and validity of all actions, decisions and activities carried out by APC through the Buni-led CECPC to organise the Congresses and National Convention and future elections now hangs on the balance. In a hausa slang any small “kiris” will squeeze life out of APC and it shall be no more totally losing out in the whole country as it did in Zamfara before the rebirth of Governor Matawalle” Danda explained.

The legal luminary, who further stated that he foresees many court cases in the offing if APC does not look itself in the mirror to redress itself before the horse bolts out, disclose that simple legal principle is that an illegal and unconstitutional party structure cannot produce or give birth to a legal or valid nomination.

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