Ignore Supreme Court ruling, Omo-Agege tells APC
Senate Vice President Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has asked the ruling All Progressives Congress to go ahead with its neighborhood conventions scheduled for Saturday, despite the confusion caused by the Supreme Court’s ruling on the governor’s election in Ondo State.
Omo-Agege, in a statement released on Friday entitled “Why There’s Nothing Holding Back APC Departmental Conventions Scheduled for Saturday, July 31, 2021,” recalled his legal opinion on the thrust of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Eyitayo Jegede’s appeal against the election of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and “the misinterpretation of said judgment from certain quarters”, as well as the purport of Article 183 of the 1999 Constitution as it affects APC Congresses.
The legislator said: “However, I took the time to critically process and juxtapose the differing views on the issue and came to realize that the troublemakers propagating confusion to mislead our party in a state of disarray, the petition have not studied filed by Jegede at the lower court.
“It is worth noting that a court decision is only an authority for what it decides and nothing more. This was clearly stated by the Supreme Court in the case SKYE BANK & ANOR V. AKINPELU (2010) LPELR-3073 (SC), Pp. 48-49, para. EB, as follows:
“It must always be kept in mind that each case must be considered in its own particular or particular facts or circumstances. No case is identical to the other or the other. They can look alike, but never identical.’
“Of particular note is the fact that the petition in Ondo State does not challenge the legality or authority of the APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Committee, but rather the letter dated July 27, 2020, forwarding the name of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, was challenged. and his running mate of INEC as the APC candidates, as Mai Buni, should not have signed the letter as he is the executive governor of Yobe state.”
According to Omo-Agege, the petition continued in summary by stating that it was wrong for Buni and Senator John J. Akpanudoedehe to sign as National Chairman and National Secretary of the party, respectively, and that only the National Executive Committee of the APC who validly signed manner may sponsor a candidate for election to the office of the Governor of Ondo State.
He added: “From the clear content of Jegede’s petition to the lower court, I find it very difficult to understand how it relates to the jurisdiction of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Committee, composed by NEC of the APC.
On the other hand, to deliberately mislead gullible minds, one of the proponents of the cancellation of the Ward Congresses alluded to the fact that if the APC goes ahead with the Congresses, the opposition would simply wait until the APC presidential primaries in 2023 to nominate our candidate. disqualify and destroy the party. This line of reasoning is, with all due respect, not only vague in law but also strange.
“It is elementary knowledge that complaints about the appointment or election of leaders of a political party or issues related to membership of a political party are only matters within the internal affairs of a political party and cannot be judicially declared.
“How the process of electing the leaders or executives of the APC on Saturday, July 31, 2021, can be used by the PDP or any other opposition party to disqualify our candidates in 2023 is beyond my imagination.
“Assuming, but not admitting, that the grievances (if any) arising from the Congresses would amount to or qualify as a pre-election dispute, and assuming that the PDP or any other opposition party has the right to change the outcome of Congresses to challenge such a right of action will not last forever. By 2023, the legal period of 14 days provided for in Article 285 (9) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Amendment, No. 21) Act 2017 would have expired.”