Supreme Court has delivered a final judgment on Akeredolu vs Jegede.
StudioMaxNg reports that the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 4 to 3 Judgment has dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] and its candidate Eyitayo Jegede against the election of Rotimi Akeredolu as governor of Ondo state
This online news platform understands that the Apex court in a majority judgment held that it is not in dispute that governor Buni is the acting chairman of the party in breach of section 183 of the constitution.
StudioMaxNg reports that the appeal was based on the ground that Mai Mala Buni was holding position as the acting chairman of APC while a governor.
Governor Buni was not made a party as he was the center of the issue. The governor who was alleged to have breach the constitution ought to have been made a party in the petition to answer the allegations.
The Supreme court affirmed the decision of the lower court that the petition was incompetent.
StudioMaxNg reports that Justice Mary Odili in a dissenting judgment held that the APC submitted the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to INEC through its nomination form signed governor Buni who is a sitting governor.
She held that as a governor the constitution barred governor Buni from acting in dual capacities as a governor and party executive.
Aligning himself with the dissenting Judgment Justice Ejembi Ekwo held the position of the majority judgment that governor Buni was not added as a part is not attainable because when you have the principle you need not add the agent.
Meanwhile, StudioMaxNg reports that Justice Ibrahim Saulawa also adopted the minority Judgment.