Make room for substitution, CGG tells PDP 

A political pressure group, the Committee for Good Governance (CGG), has called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to make room for substitution in the event that the declared candidate did not meet the constitutional requirements.

In a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, the Solicitor to CGG, Barrister Ifesi Nwodo, urged the National Working Committee of PDP to ensure that only a placeholder’s name was  submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the expiry date fixed for the presentation of the candidate.

He said the placeholder window would be utilised to present a legally fit and proper person as the candidate of the party.   

He stated that “Honourable Alfred Agboola Ajayi currently paraded by the party as its candidate for the forthcoming Ondo state gubernatorial election fall far short of these legal and electoral requirements.”

According to Nwodo, “the Election Petition Tribunal in 2008 voided Agboola Ajayi’s election to the House of Representatives on the ground of forgery of the Certificate.”

He said Agboola allegedly procured an affidavit which sought to alter his age on the certificate having regards to the fact that the age in the WAEC entry form Number 4291420058 filled by the candidate for the examination was the same age on the certificate which refuted the claim of any error from WAEC. 

“To this end, the party should take a broader look at all its aspirants so that in the event of the declared candidate not meeting the constitutional requirements it will not be fixated on a fait accompli by any other particular candidate.

“In the light of the foregoing, we urge the National Working Committee of the party to ensure that only a place holder name be submitted to INEC before the expiry of the time fixed for the presentation of the candidate and utilise the window provided for substitution to present a legally fit and proper person as its candidate.”

“The Election Petition Tribunal in 2008 voided Agboola Ajayi’s election to the House of Representatives on the ground of forgery of the Certificate particularly in the light of the Affidavit which sought to alter the age on the certificate having regards to the fact that the age in the WAEC Entry Form Number 4291420058 filled by the candidate who sat for the examination was the same age on the certificate which refuted the claim of any error from WAEC.”