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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Tunji Abayomi: I Will Challenge My Disqualification By APC NWC



Human rights lawyer and one of the aspirants disqualified from participating in the Ondo north senatorial primary election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Tunji Abayomi has vowed to contest his disqualification in court.

Abayomi who spoke on phone with SUNSHINE HERALD, said the National Working Committee, NWC does not have the right to choose who to represent the party.

The NWC of the party had disqualified all aspirants seeking the unseat the incumbent APC senators in the state, thus giving them automatic tickets of the party.

Among those who were not cleared are Abayomi, former house of assembly speaker, Victor Olabimtan, Ondo representative on the NDDC Board, Lucky Ayedatiwa, Morayo Lebi, Pastor Jide Ipinsagba, Gbenga Elegbeleye, Dr. Adeoye Julius Olatunji Felder, Mr. Odunayo Akinrinsola and Engr Janet Febisola.

No reason was given for their disqualification.

Abayomi and Ayedatiwa are believed to be preferred candidates of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for the primaries in Ondo North and South senatorial districts respectively.

“They need to provide me a reason why I was disqualified, and that reason must be consistent with the constitution. Because my understanding is that the right to select or elect leaders belong to the people, not to the leaders.

“First, I will demand from them the right to know the basis of the disqualification, and that’s reason must be consistent with the constitution of APC, as well as the constitution of Nigeria. If they fail to do that, I will fight for my right as backed under the law.” Abayomi said.

The chairman of the governing council of Ondo state-owned Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko however said he will not leave the party.

“If they disqualify me and I think the disqualification is unconstitutional, I will seek remedy that is allowed under law, and that will mean that they will have to prove their right to do so, because the mere fact that you are a member of a political party does not mean that you lose all your rights granted by the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.

“As I understand the law, I don’t think some people have the right to qualify or disqualify anybody unless the disqualification is as prescribed by law. For example, if I’m not a Nigerian citizen, I can be disqualified. I’m a Nigerian citizen, and I meet all the qualifications prescriptions of the constitution, then I’m entitled to contest,” he said.

Credit: Sunshine Herald

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