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APC had no candidate in 2022 election – Segun Oni to Ekiti guber tribunal

Counsel to former Gov. Segun Oni and SDP candidate in the last gubernatorial election in Ekiti state has told the Ekiti Governorship Election Tribunal that the All Progressive Congress, APC, had no candidate in the June 18 guber poll.

Segun Oni said this on Wednesday in Ado -Ekiti, at the Ekiti Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, at its resumed hearing.

The tribunal, led by Justice Wilfred Kpochi had resumed sitting for the lawyers of the petitioner and the respondents, to finally present their written addresses to the tribunal.

Segun Oni who is the Social Democratic Party(SDP) governorship candidate in the June 18 election won by the APC governorship candidate, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, was dissatisfied with the outcome of the election and had taken his grievances to the tribunal to challenge the election.

Counsel to the petitioner, Mr Owoseni Ajayi, in the written address submitted, told the tribunal that the third respondent, the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala-Buni who signed the nomination form of Oyebanji, and who also superintended over the APC governorship primaries, contravened Section 183 of the 1999 Constitution, by accepting to be the APC National Caretaker Chairman.

According to Ajayi, Section 183 of the 1999 Constitution, stated explicitly that a sitting governor shall not accept any other executive position while in office.

On the allegation by the petitioner that Mrs Monisade Afuye, the deputy governorship candidate to Oyebanji, presented fake WAEC results to the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), Mr Ajayi told the tribunal that according to Section 136 of the Evident Act, the burden of proof was on Mrs Afuye to defend herself of the allegation and since she refused to come to the tribunal to clear herself of the allegation, her quietness and refusal to defend herself of the allegation was a clear admission of guilt in law.

The tribunal later adjourned for judgement at a date to be communicated to the parties.

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