Ondo poll: Why I Didn’t Join Buni In Suit Against Akeredolu, By Jegede - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Thursday, August 26, 2021

Ondo poll: Why I Didn’t Join Buni In Suit Against Akeredolu, By Jegede

AKURE - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in last year’s governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, has said the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni, was not joined as a respondent in his petition because of the immunity the governor enjoys.

Jegede said the tribunal would have struck out the petition at the first hearing, if Buni were joined in the suit.

Speaking at a meeting with PDP leaders at the party’s secretariat in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Jegede said Nigerian laws forbid governors to be sued because of the immunity they enjoy.

He said: “Election matters have laws that govern them. Governor Buni could not have been a respondent; in fact, if we had joined him, our case would have been struck out on the very first day.

“But the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and its verdict is final on all matters. I appeal to you to continue to have respect and place hope on our Judiciary. Only God is perfect in all things.”

Jegede urged Ondo PDP leaders and members to give themselves a pat on the back for fighting a good cause aimed at strengthening and deepening the country’s democratic institutions.

He said posterity would not fail to place him on the right side of history.

Ondo PDP leaders who spoke at the meeting promised not to let Jegede down.

Those at the stakeholders’ meeting included PDP State Chairman Fatai Adams, Ikengboju Gboluga, Ambassador Omolade Oluwateru, Chief Segun Adegoke, Dr. Tayo Dairo, Dr. Gbakinro, Col. Roland Omowa (retd.), Clement Faboyede, Lady Lydia Olafunmiloye, Mrs. Olufunlayo Edu, Mrs. Folake Sarumi, Dr. Bode Ayorinde, Senator Boluwaji Kunlere, Senator Yele Omogunwa, Senator Omololu Meroyi, members of the Ondo State Executive Committee of the party.

Others include Local government party leaders, party chairmen from the 18 local government areas of Ondo State, United Non-Indigenes group in the state, represented by Chief Arthur Richard, and other stakeholders.

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