Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) and a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in this interview, speaks on the recent ruling of the Supreme Court on the Bayelsa governorship election.
Recall the Supreme court sacked the APC candidate David Lyon and declared the PDP Candidate Diri as the winner of the election.
When asked he said:
First and foremost, I think the party leadership is at fault. They did not do any verification. If you cannot do it for National Assembly members, why don’t you do it for governors and their deputies which is just a small number of people? It shows they were lazy.
It is either they were lazy or they just chose to close their eyes to all the deficiencies in his qualifications.
They choose to be careless, thinking they will just bulldoze their way through. To me, the APC leadership failed to learn from the Zamfara and Rivers election.
Oshiomhole has to carry the blame as the leader of the party. He should have put in a structure that will do proper verification in all these cases.
He failed to do it and so his thoroughness as a leader has been called to question. You can’t just be leader who makes political speeches and then make grand statements and we are all carried away.
As the national chairman of a ruling party, you must be able to sit down and do the nitty-gritty of what leadership entails. One of them is to do a proper check on the qualification of people who are applying under your party to be nominated for political offices.
So, the number one game on the Bayelsa issue goes to APC leadership. I put the blame squarely on them but I am still saying that in spite of that, what the Supreme Court did was unjust.
Their decision was against justice. It was carrying technical, legal reasoning to a disastrous extreme. That is my position on the matter.
Source: News update