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Ondo 2020: Judgement on suit challenging Akeredolu’s validity fixed for Dec 14

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, fixed December 14 for judgment in a suit challenging the credibllity of the primary election that made Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State emerge as All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate in the Oct. 10 poll.

Justice Okon Abang fixed the date after taking arguments from parties in the suit with number: /886/2020 filed on Aug. 3 by Dr Nath Adojutelegan, an APC governorship aspirant in the state election.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in the suit, the APC, Akeredolu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are 1st to 3rd respondents respectivelly.

Adojutelegan, who along with others lost the primary election to Akeredolu, had challenged the poll’s outcome.

In the suit, the plaintiff alleged that the exercise was marred by 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.

Adojutelgan urged the court to make an order nullifying the nomination of Akeredolu as the party’s candidate in the Oct. 10 governorship election in the state.

He also urged the court not to allow Akeredolu to gain from his alleged wrongdoings regarding the governorship primary election.

The plaintiff prayed the court to make an order nullifying the exercise and order a fresh primary from which the governor should not be allowed to participate in.

At the resumed hearing on Friday, the INEC Lawyer, Abdulaziz Sani, on whose instance the case was adjourned in the last sitting, told the court that he had finally served all the defendants as well as the plaintiff in the matter copies of his counter affidavit.i

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