Peter Dada, Akure
A former governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Dr. Tunji Abayomi had said the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Chief Olusola Oke, was not qualified to contest the November 26, governorship election.
He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to disqualify Oke and his running mate, Mr. Gani Dauda, for allegedly not eligible to contest the forthcoming election.
Abayomi, who spoke with our correspondent in Akure , the Ondo State capital on Wednesday, alleged that both Oke and his deputy did not participate in the primary of the AD, which according to him was against the electoral acts as amended .
He further alleged that the duo got the nomination of the AD through a back door arrangement.
The legal practitioner said, “Nobody can contest an election in the country unless he or she is a member a political party, in the case of Oke and his deputy, they never participated nor were they elected in a primary. Oke can only be a candidate of the APC where he contested but he didn’t win the primary of the APC.
“Electoral act says he must be elected by the members of AD and they must vote for him in a primary. A party is not allowed to nominate a candidate without the candidate participating in the primary of the party.
He said it was against the electoral act for the AD to nominate to INEC as its candidate, somebody that had not participated in its primary.
According to him, “Faleke’s case in Kogi State did not stand because he did not go through the primary and he was not voted for by members of the party. So under the law, Oke is not qualified and his deputy are also not qualified to contest the election. He ( Oke) only embarks on a voyage of discovery.”
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