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PDP Asks Court To Remove Buni As Yobe Governor

PDP has approached the Court seeking the removal of Mai Mala Buni from office as Yobe State Governor.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commenced legal action for the removal of Yobe State Governor, Mai Buni, from office over alleged breach of constitutional provisions barring a sitting executive from holding two offices at the same time.

The suit filed by the party comes on the heels of the Supreme Court judgement in the case between the Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, and Mr Eyitayo Jegede – the PDP candidate in the Ondo Governorship election of 2020.

Before approaching the Supreme court, Jegede and his party had asked the Court of Appeal in Akure to sack Akeredolu on the ground that his nomination form was signed by Buni – a sitting governor who doubled as the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman.

The PDP in a suit dated and filed August 12, is specifically alleging that Buni violated section 183 of the constitution when as a governor he accepted to serve as Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The suit filed by Emeka Etiaba, SAN, insisted that Buni ceases to be a governor from the moment he accepted to act as APC Caretaker Committee Chairman.

The plaintiffs therefore asked the court for an order directing the Yobe State Chief Judge or any other senior person next to the Chief Judge to immediately swear in Damagum and Aji as Governor and Deputy Governor of Yobe State being candidates of the party which came second in the 2019 governorship election in Yobe State.

Listed as defendants were Governor Buni, his deputy, Idi Barde Gubana, the APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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