The election of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last October 10, 2020 governorship election was not in line with the Constitution of the party.
Furthermore, Mai Mala Bunu, as the sitting Governor of Yobe state, could not have served as the Acting APC Caretaker Committee Chairman.
Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the election, Eyitayo Jegede, made this known while testifying at resumed sitting of the Ondo Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.
He stated that with the aforementioned, the governor could not have been validly nominated by his party as candidate for the election.
Jegede said the nomination of Governor Akeredolu was also contrary the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
Attempts by Jegede to tender the election result, nomination form and the results of the election across the 18 local government areas of the state was rejected by counsel to the defendants, Lateef Fagbemi and Akin Olujimi but the three-man panel headed by Justice Justice Umar Abubakar admitted all the exhibits tendered by Jegede.
During cross examination, counsel to the defendants, Lateef Fagbemi and Akin Olujimi noted Jegede, not being a member of APC, should not interfere in the internal affairs of the APC.
Counsel to INEC, Charles Edosanmwan, said the cruz of Jegede’s petition was basically about APC’s primary and emergence of Akeredolu as candidate when he is not a member of the APC.
However, Jejede responded that he has every right to question the process that produced Akeredolu as the candidate for the election which he participated in.
Justice Umar said sitting would hold every day except on public holidays from 8am to 5pm.