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The National Secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was in a state of confusion on Thursday over the Supreme Court judgment on Wednesday for the Ondo State governorship election.

The governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) won the judgement against the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) mainly on a legal technicality.

The Supreme Court in a split decision of four to three ruled in favour of the governor but also pointed out that their judgement would have been different had the appellant joined Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni as a party in the petition

The lead judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim held that the issue raised in the appeal was that Buni, as the executive governor of Yobe State, cannot act in the capacity of the acting National Chairman of the APC.

But yesterday, party members expressed dissatisfaction over the margin on which APC had won the case.

According to them, APC is likely to lose such cases in future because the appellant would include the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, who some of the judges said should have been excluded.

It is being argued that the opposition party and its candidate failed to join Buni in the case against the governor of Ondo State on the electoral matter.


Taking cognizance of this, some party members have started asking for the resignation of the Yobe State governor as the APC Caretaker National Chairman.

The lead judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim held that the issue raised in the appeal was that Buni, as the executive governor of Yobe State, cannot act in the capacity of the acting National Chairman of the APC.

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But yesterday, party members expressed dissatisfaction over the margin on which APC had won the case.

According to them, APC is likely to lose such cases in future because the appellant would include the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, who some of the judges said should have been excluded.

It is being argued that the opposition party and its candidate failed to join Buni in the case against the governor of Ondo State on the electoral matter.

Taking cognizance of this, some party members have started asking for the resignation of the Yobe State governor as the APC Caretaker National Chairman.

New Telegraph