The main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, has said the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni, was not joined as a respondent in his petition because of the immunity the governor enjoys.
According to him, the tribunal would have struck out the petition at the first hearing, if Buni were joined in the suit.
Shedding light on the matter, at the party’s secretariat in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Jegede said Nigerian laws forbid governors to be sued because of the immunity they enjoy.
He said: “Election matters have laws that govern them. Governor Buni could not have been a respondent; in fact, if we had joined him, our case would have been struck out on the very first day.
“But the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and its verdict is final on all matters. I appeal to you to continue to have respect and place hope on our Judiciary. Only God is perfect in all things.”
Jegede called on PDP leaders and members to give themselves a pat on the back for fighting a good cause aimed to strengthen democracy.