ABUJA – Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, the governor of Ondo state on Wednesday emerged victorious in a case challenging his candidacy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the October 10 Governorship Election in the state.
In his judgement, Justice Okon Abang of the federal high court in Abuja dismissed the suit challenging Akeredolu’s candidacy.
Justice Abang ruled that the petitioner, Dr. Nat Adotutelegan filed the case out of time, and noted that the suit was a pre-primary election matter because of its dependence on a pending suit.
The case was subsequently dismissed as lacking merit and the cost of N120,000 was awarded against Dr. Adojutelegan.
Adojutelegan, who among others lost the All Progressives Congress primary election to Akeredolu, had challenged the result.
According to ONDO EVENTS, in the suit, the plaintiff alleged that the exercise was marred by a grave and substantial noncompliance with the spirit and purpose of the APC’s Constitution, Electoral Guidelines and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), which he argued: “substantially affected the outcome of the primary election.”
He said the delegates’ list used for the primary violated section 87(7) and (8) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), Article 20 (iii) and (iv) (a), (b), (c) and (d) of the APC Constitution 2014 (as amended) and Electoral Guidelines.
Meanwhile, other cases filed by Mrs. Jumoke Anifowose on the APC primary election that produced Mr. Akeredolu as the candidate of APC and Mr. Eyitayo Jegede challenging the outcome of Ondo 2020 governorship election are yet to be determined by the Courts.
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