The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress extraordinary convention committee and governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni have been advised to resign now in the interest of the party.
This is based on Supreme Court ruling of four to three yesterday in the case instituted by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party In Ondo state Governorship election in 2020, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, escaped by whiskers to retain his seat because of the technicalities by the majority ruling that Governor Buni ought to have been joined in the suit.
Section 183 of the Nigerian constitution stipulates that no governor will hold any other executive power concurrently.
Buni is the Governor of Yobe state and also presides as the chairman of the APC Caretaker committee.
Two constitutional lawyers, Mr. Kayode Ajulo, SAN and minister of state for Labour and employment and member of the APC, Mr. Festus Keyamo SAN have both urged Buni to step down immediately to avoid a situation where the party will lose seats already won by its members through Buni’s clear violation of the constitution.
It will be recalled that Senator Kabiru Marafa had threatened to sue Buni after Governor of Zamfara, Mohammed Matawalle joined the APC. In order to accommodate him, the party executives in Zamfara was dissolved by Buni to the disappointment of former governor of the state, Yari and Senator Marafa.
The Anambra election may be dicey for the APC because Buni was responsible for the signing and submission of its candidate, Andy Uba in clear violation of the constitution.
This latest call for Buni to resign while working on the congresses that will lead to national convention may throw the party into another round of crisis.