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Former Borno State Deputy Gov. Reveals All Progressives Congress (APC) Set Up State Committees for Primary Elections

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Former Borno State Deputy Gov. Reveals All Progressives Congress (APC) Set Up State Committees for Primary Elections
Former Borno State Deputy Gov. Adamu Shettima Yuguda Dibal testified before the Lagos Election Petition Tribunal and revealed that it was the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) that set up state committees to conduct the primary elections in all the 36 states. Dibal was the chairman of the APC governorship primary in Lagos, which produced Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the party's candidate for the March 18, 2023 election. The testimony was given in response to a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Abdulazeez Adediran, against the declaration of Sanwo-Olu as the winner.

Former Borno State Deputy Governor, Adamu Shettima Yuguda Dibal, appeared before the Lagos Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday and made an interesting revelation regarding the primary elections conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the 36 states.

Dibal, who served as the chairman of the APC governorship primary in Lagos, testified that it was the party's National Working Committee (NWC) that set up state committees to conduct the primary elections. This testimony came in response to a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Abdulazeez Adediran, who challenged the declaration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the election.

The counsel to Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, led Dibal in evidence before the tribunal, which was headed by Justice Arum Ashom. Dibal stated that the Lagos State Chairman of the APC, Mr Cornelius Ojelabi, did not violate any electoral regulation when he informed the Lagos State Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) about the party's primary election in Lagos State.

During cross-examination by the counsel to the PDP governorship candidate, Mr Clement Onwuenwunor, Dibal confirmed that Ojelabi was not the national chairman of the APC at the time he wrote the letter to INEC on May 24, 2022.

Furthermore, Dibal explained that Ojelabi was merely notifying the INEC office that the NWC had constituted a five-member committee to conduct the primary election in Lagos, and he served as its chairman. Dibal also mentioned that he produced a report on the primary election, which was submitted to the national secretariat of the APC.

To further corroborate the conduct of the primary election, the witness revealed that representatives from both INEC's headquarters and its Lagos Office were present and even signed a report on its conduct.

It is worth noting that the counsel to the Labour Party and its candidate, Mr Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, did not cross-examine the witness.

Following Dibal's testimony, the tribunal discharged the witness and directed the APC to commence its defense on July 12.

In the petition filed by the PDP governorship candidate Adediran, he accused Governor Sanwo-Olu of presenting a forged West African School Certificate to INEC and alleged that Dr Obafemi Hamzat did not include an oath declaration in his INEC Nomination Form EC9. Adediran further claimed that the APC did not comply with the Electoral Act while nominating Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat.

Adediran closed his case on July 4 after presenting oral and documentary evidence.

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