2023 Presidency: Tinubu’s Candidacy illegal – PDP

The candidacy of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress has bee termed illegal by the Peoples Democratic Party.

According to the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, Tinubu’s sponsorship by the APC is void going by the 2022 Electoral Act.

Ologunagba cited that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s could be nullified just as the recent court ruling for the candidate of the APC in the recently concluded Osun State governorship election, Adgeboyega Oyetola.

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He started this in a press briefing on Saturday, claiming that the role of the APC Caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, who also doubled as the state governor of Zamfara State, was illegal based on Section 183 of the Electoral Act.

He said:

Mai Mala Bala was assumed to be Chairman of the APC and the laws say that if you are an executive governor you cannot double as Chairman. This has led the court to nullify the candidacy of the Governor of Osun State, Oyetola.

“The same Mai Mala Buni was the caretaker chairman that sponsored the nomination of Tinubu. We are saying that if the process that sponsored the nomination of the presidential candidate of the APC was illegal, then the nomination of Bola Tinubu is illegal, null and void.”

Ologunagba said the party had earlier advised the APC concerning the matter and had studied the recent judgment of the Oyetola case when asked if PDP would take the matter to court.

He, however, said:

“The PDP will not announce whether we are going to court. When we want to go to court, you will know.”

Asked about the unity of the PDP, owing to the pending crisis between the Wike camp and the Ayu camp.

He said:

“You mistake Atiku to be PDP. Atiku is a product of PDP. I understand that Nigerians are legitimately concerned for the party but reconciliation is not a 100m dash, it is a marathon.”

Oloogunagba further stated his principal Atiku has made moves to reconcile Wike to the party, which has displayed his unifier character to Nigerians.

He added:

“Nigerians have accepted Atiku as a unifier, The multiple actions of the Board of Trustees, National Working Committee, and Atiku have given Nigerians reasons to trust us to bring all party members together. You will begin to see more actions. The NWC and the BoT are working. We are united, you saw that play out at the book launch of Solomon Lar.”

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