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Ondo Election Tribunal: ” I Have Every Right to Question Akeredolu’s Nomination as APC Candidate “-Jegede

The governorship candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), in last year’s governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, disclosed that he has every right to question the process that produced Akeredolu as the candidate of APC in the October 10th governorship election.

Akeredolu was declared winner of the October 10 governorship election but Jegede faulted the declaration by INEC, asking the tribunal to declare Akeredolu’s victory as null and void, thereby declaring him as the duly elected winner.

While testifying at the resumed sitting of the Ondo Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Akure today, Jegede stated that Mai Mala Buni, a sitting Governor of Yobe State could not perform the function of a state governor and at the same time acting as the National Caretaker Chairman of the APC.

During cross examination, counsel to the defendants, Lateef Fagbemi and Akin Olujimi noted that Jegede, not being a member of APC, should not interfere in the internal affairs of the APC.

Also Counsel to INEC, Charles Edosanmwan said the bulk 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.

In his response, Jegede said he has every right to question the process that produced Akeredolu as the candidate for the election which he participated in.

According to him, ” the nomination of Governor Akeredolu was contrary to the APC constitution and 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended”.

The counsel to the defendants, Lateef Fagbemi and Akin Olujimi rejected the presentation of nomination form and the results of the election across the 18 local councils by Jegede.

Meanwhile, the three-man panel headed by Justice Justice Umar Abubakar admitted all the exhibits tendered by Jegede.

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