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Ondo S’Court Verdict: APC Calls For Calm, Says Congress Will Hold

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Following a narrow victory at the supreme Court on Ondo Governorship election and fears and concerns that greeted the development, the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says there is nothing to worry about.

On Wednesday, the apex court affirmed the election of Rotimi Akeredolu as Ondo state governor. Akeredolu won by a narrow-split decision of 4:3 in the seven-man panel of justices.

Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had contested the legality of Akeredolu’s nomination by the national caretaker committee of the APC headed by Mai Mala Buni, Yobe governor.

Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, asked the party to sack Buni and anyone holding any executive position on the committee and immediately suspend the planned congresses.

Keyamo said the reason is to avoid legal pitfalls, since the competence of Buni to hold the position has chairman has been questioned by the supreme court.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday in Abuja, John Akpanudoedehe, national secretary of the APC caretaker committee, said apex court’s verdict on Ondo gubernatorial poll has “no bearing on the CECPC’s status and its membership”.

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APC said it became imperative for it to clarify things as some persons had question the status and legitimacy of the caretaker committee.

“The clarification is against the backdrop of personal opinions being expressed by some individuals on the status of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and its capacity to conduct the Congresses,” Akpanudoedehe said.

“While it is not our intention to join issues with these commentators, the Supreme Court’s Wednesday judgement affirming the Election victory of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN had no bearing on the CECPC’s status and its membership.

“Party members and aspirants should therefore come out enmasse and peacefully to participate in the ward Congresses, come Saturday.”

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