… says APC has no valid candidate
The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party says the ruling All Progressives Congress has no valid candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday that the nullification of the candidacy of the Osun State governor, Gboyega Oyetola, confirmed the opposition party’s stand that the executives and candidates put together by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, were illegal.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had last week nullified the nomination of Governor Isiaka Oyetola and his Deputy, Benedict Alabi, as APC candidates in the Osun State governorship election.
The presiding judge, Justice Emeka Nwite, nullified the nominations of Oyetola and his deputy on the grounds that Buni, who handed tickets to the duo, erred in law by occupying two executive positions contrary to the Constitution.
Ologunagba said the implication of the judgment of the Federal High Court is that every decision made by Buni, including supervising the election that produced the Abdullahi Adamu APC leadership and by extension, the primaries that produced Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is null and void.
The PDP spokesperson, therefore, warned Nigerians not to waste their votes, but cast them for the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
He said, “The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday, September 30, 2022 nullified the candidature of Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s in the July 16 2022 Osun State Governorship election on the ground that his nomination was invalid, having been conducted and submitted by Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, in violation of Section 183 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
“The Congresses as well as the National Convention which produced APC EXCOs including the Sen. Adamu Abdullahi-led NWC is void. In effect the primaries and Presidential Convention conducted by the Sen. Adamu led NWC, including the nomination of Ahmed Bola Tinubu as Presidential Candidate of the APC is invalid, null and void ab-initio.”
Ologunagba, however, advised Tinubu to go home and face the “issues of inconsistencies in his educational qualifications, name, ancestry, age as well as corruption allegations.”
On the other hand, he stated that the PDP will officially flag off its 2023 Presidential Election Campaign on Monday, October 10, 2022 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Capital, adding that they were prepared for issue-based campaign.
“The PDP will take our campaign to all the States, Local Government Areas, Wards and Polling Units across the country under the Unified Campaign Structure as approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of our Party,” he said.