Court Dismisses Suit Against Akeredolu’s Candidacy
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed a suit against the emergence of the Governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu.
A member of the All Progressive Congress who also contested the primaries of the party, Mrs. Jumoke Anifowose had filed a suit challenging the manner in which Akeredolu was elected as the candidate of the party last year.
In the suit filed by her counsel, Adesina Oke, the aggrieved aspirant stated that section 87 of the Electoral Act and Article 20 of the APC constitution as well as other relevant election guidelines were violated in the primary election by the state’s executive committee and local government committees of APC that conducted the primary election.
The plaintiff applied for an order of the court declaring the primary election invalid and to bar Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising Akeredolu as a governorship candidate.
Justice Nyang Ekwo had said, “Let me make it clear that a careful perusal of facts in this matter showed that the first defendant, Akeredolu was nominated on July, 20th, 2020, and the plaintiff came to court on July 29, 2020,” the judge said.
“A new dimension however emerged when the plaintiff on August 20, 2020, substituted the originating summon of the July 29, with another one due to the error discovered in the first one that sued the office of the governor that did not participle in the disputed primary.
“This substitution, having not been done withing 14 days allowed by Section 285 of the 1999 Constitution, made this suit statue barred and constitutionally dead.”