There is tension at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Supreme Court justices are set to make their pronouncements on the subsisting petition challenging the position occupied by the sitting Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo State capital had in June 2020 dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede against the pronouncements of the Election Petition Tribunal. Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua, reading the judgement had said the case lacked merit.
Eyitayo Jegede had gone to the Supreme Court to challenge the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission of Governor Akeredolu as the winner of the October 10, 2020, Ondo State governorship election.
Jegede is challenging the eligibility of Governor Akeredolu (SAN) on the grounds that his nomination letter was signed by his counterpart from Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni who incidentally is the Chairman, APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, (CECPC) put in place at an emergency National Executive Committee of the party, last year, a sequel to its dissolution of the National Working Committee led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole..
Feelers from the party is that the leadership of APC and stakeholders are worried that any pronouncements by the apex court, declaring Governor Buni ineligible to sign the letter of nomination for Akeredolu would have reverberating effects on the party and could mar its chances in next general elections.
There are also fears that any decision by the apex court that didn’t go in favour of the APC could the beginning of the end for the party as it will make all the activities that had taken place since Adams Oshiomole left the party’s chairmanship position null and void.