- An ex-presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA), Chief Peter Ameh, has reacted to the Supreme Court ruling on Ondo election
- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state narrowly escaped being sacked by the apex court on the ground that Buni was not joined in the suit filed by the PDP
- Ameh, however, said that by the judgement of the Supreme Court, the nomination of the APC candidate for the Anambra election is illegal
FCT, Abuja - Chief Peter Ameh, a former presidential candidate on the platform of Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA), has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has no candidate for the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.
Daily Sun reports that he claimed that the judgment of the Supreme Court on the Ondo state governorship election indicates that the nomination of the candidate by the APC for the election is null and void.
Legit.ng gathered that in a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday, July 29, Ameh, who is the national secretary of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), argued that since the position of the party’s national chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni, under litigation signed the form, the nomination of the APC candidate is an effort in nullity.
“Because of Supreme Court judgment on the status of Mai Buni as national chairman of APC, one could say that the judgment by extension has technically ruled APC out of Anambra November 6th, 2021 guber election. It is a very simple logic to understand.
“He cannot hold the position of the party’s national chairman as an elected governor so even if the APC wins, the election could be nullified on the grounds relating to section 183 of the constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended because you can’t put something on nothing and expect it to stand."
Ameh further stated that everything done under Buni's leadership is now under constitutional question and also subject to litigation and could be reversed in court based on the judgment of the Supreme Court.
He added that he believes the Supreme Court played a fast one on the Ondo case for claiming that because he was not joined in the matter.
According to him, the Supreme Court merely found a technical mechanism in the lacuna and exploited it as an escape route to save Ondo state for APC, saying that the case would have still been determined on merit without joining Buni.
“My argument is centered on the point that he signed/approved all documents and processes that will lead to placing the APC on the ballot for Anambra November 6th election. Section 183 is very clear and unambiguous.
“Any law that is inconsistent with the provision of the constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended is voided automatically. The provisions of the constitution shall have binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria."
Buhari’s aides mount pressure on Buni to step down as APC national chairman
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state and chairman of the national caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is under pressure from presidential aides to step down as the party's leader.
It was reported that the pressure on Buni is due to the Supreme Court judgement on the election of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, which described Buni's chairmanship as illegality.
The special adviser to the president on political matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and the senior special assistant to the president on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang are among those calling for Buni-committee disbandment.