Akeredolu Orchestrated Mega Party’s Petition against me At Tribunal – Boroffice

By: Ade Adeleke

The Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Professor Ajayi Boroffice has dismissed a media report linking Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as the person responsible for the settlement of the legal tussle between the Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

MPN had filled a petition at the Election Petition Tribunal against INEC for alleged omission of its logo on the ballot paper used for the Ondo North Senatorial election that was won by Boroffice.

Mega Party however through its counsel, Tolu Babaleye, filed another application at the Tribunal announcing the withdrawal of the petition against the ranking Senator and INEC.

Reacting to the media report suggesting Governor Akeredolu as an arbiter in the case, Senator Boroffice, in a statement by his Media Aide, Kayode Fakuyi, alleged that the governor through the senatorial candidate of Action Alliance (AA) Tunji Abayomi sponsored the case on behalf of the MPN without permission.

The statement read: ”It is a matter of record that the petition filed before the Ondo State Election Petition Tribunal on behalf of Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over absence of its logo on the ballot papers used for Ondo North senatorial election has been withdrawn by the party”.

“However, the media report suggesting Governor Rotimi Akeredolu served as an arbiter to save Senator Ajayi Boroffice on the matter is utterly false”.

“The Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) did not sponsor any candidate for Ondo North senatorial election that was conducted on the 23rd of February, 2019. This fact is contained in FORM CF 002 C (II) that was signed by both the National Chairman and National Secretary of MPN. The FORM CF 002 C (II) was submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the 18th of October, 2018. This fact also explains the absence of MPN’s logo on the ballot papers used for Ondo North senatorial election”.

“Secondly, the Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) did not actually file petition against INEC and Senator Ajayi Boroffice. It was the senatorial candidate of Action Alliance (AA) for Ondo North, Mr Tunji Abayomi, who sponsored the case on behalf of MPN without the authorisation of the National leadership of MPN”.

“Instructively, Mr Tunji Abayomi of the Action Alliance (AA) could not have sponsored the case without the support and nod of his political leader, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu”.

The Statement said, “From the above-stated facts, it is clear Governor Rotimi Akeredolu did not play any such role like role of arbiter in the resolution of the MPN to discontinue a case that was initiated and instituted on its behalf without its authorisation”.

“Furthermore, If the press wishes to attribute role to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on the matter, such role should be confined to the sponsorship of the case”.

“Conclusively, the fourth estate of the realm is encouraged to maintain its cherished tradition of credible broadcast and balanced reportage of issues of public importance.”

Here is the full text of the Press Statement:

*MPN VS INEC: Akeredolu was never an arbiter – Boroffice*

It is a matter of record that the petition filed before the Ondo State Election Petition Tribunal on behalf of Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over absence of its logo on the ballot papers used for Ondo North senatorial election has been withdrawn by the party.

However, the media report suggesting Governor Rotimi Akeredolu served as an arbiter to save Senator Ajayi Boroffice on the matter is utterly false.

The People and the Press should note the underlisted facts:

The Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) did not sponsor any candidate for Ondo North senatorial election that was conducted on the 23rd of February, 2019. This fact is contained in FORM CF 002 C (II) that was signed by both the National Chairman and National Secretary of MPN. The FORM CF 002 C (II) was submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the 18th of October, 2018. This fact also explains the absence of MPN’s logo on the ballot papers used for Ondo North senatorial election.

Secondly, the Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) did not actually file petition against INEC and Senator Ajayi Boroffice. It was the senatorial candidate of Action Alliance (AA) for Ondo North, Mr Tunji Abayomi, who sponsored the case on behalf of MPN without the authorisation of the National leadership of MPN.

Instructively, Mr Tunji Abayomi of the Action Alliance (AA) could not have sponsored the case without the support and nod of his political leader, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

From the above-stated facts, it is clear Governor Rotimi Akeredolu did not play any such role like role of arbiter in the resolution of the MPN to discontinue a case that was initiated and instituted on its behalf without its authorisation.

Furthermore, If the Press wishes to attribute role to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on the matter, such role should be confined to the sponsorship of the case.

Conclusively, the fourth estate of the realm is encouraged to maintain its cherished tradition of credible broadcast and balanced reportage of issues of public importance.

SIGNED:
Kayode Fakuyi,
Press Secretary to Prof. Ajayi Boroffice.
11th of April, 2019.

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