The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the ward congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) conducted on Saturday was null and void as it had already been invalidated by a recent ruling of the Supreme Court.
This was made known in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, on Sunday.
According to the main opposition party, the ruling of the apex court on the Ondo State governorship election regarding the illegality of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee means that the congresses of the ruling party were illegal.
The statement partly read: “The PDP strongly vilifies Governor Buni and other APC leaders for deceiving innocent Nigerians and cajoling them to participate in the needless exercise, which ended in violent crisis and avoidable deaths, when they know it was all in futility.
“It is indeed callous that the leaders of the APC, despite knowing that any process conducted by the Buni-led national executive whose legal status, in the face of section 183 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 17(4) of the APC constitution, has been queried by the Supreme Court, could extort from their innocent followers and subject them to a fraudulent exercise that is a nullity.”
The PDP stated that while Section 183 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) bars a sitting governor from holding any other office while serving as state governor, Article 17(4) of the APC constitution clearly states that ‘no officer in any organ of the party shall hold executive position in government concurrently’.
“The implication is that with Mai Buni as Chairman, the APC has no valid national executive and as such, any congress or any other statutory process conducted by the APC under this circumstance remains a nullity,” the statement added.