Following Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling in the Ondo State governorship election, which upheld the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, the lead counsel of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Michael Akinyola (SAN) during the legal tussle has said the position of the Governor of Yobe State and the Caretaker Chairman of the party, Mai Mala Buni, is not injurious to the party congresses slated for weekend and the forthcoming Anambra election.
Akintola who addressed a press conference on Thursday morning alongside the Secretary of the party, Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, called on all prey members not to entertain any fear.
He said the Tribunal ruled that the holding of political position does not contravene Section 183 of the Constitution, which he said was upheld by the Appeal Court as well as the Supreme court.
Akeredolu’s victory, which rested on a split judgment of four against three out of the seven justices on the election panel, had managed to scale through because the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) failed to join Buni in the matter.
The PDP candidate in the election, Eyitayo Jegede, apparently not satisfied with the appeal court judgment in the petition, had approached the apex court to upturn the decision of the appellate court and declare him and the PDP winner on grounds that Akeredolu was not validly nominated as candidate of the APC in the said election.
His prayer was hinged on the fact that the acting National Chairman of the APC and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, was the one, who forwarded Akeredolu’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as candidate of the APC in the October 20, 2020 poll.