Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 affirmed Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the Governor of Ondo State having dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and it’s candidates, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) against the election of the incumbent Governor.
In a Majority Judgment the Apex court 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.
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.
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The governor who was alleged to have breach the constitution ought to have been made a party in the petition to answer to the allegations.
The court affirms the decision of the lower court that the petition was incompetent.
In a dissenting judgment Justice Mary Odili held that the APC submitted the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to INEC through its nomination form signed governor Buni who is a sitting governor.
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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.
Justice Ibrahim Saulawa also adopted the minority Judgment.
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