Court Begins Hearing of Suit Against Akeredolu’s Candidacy
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, began hearing of a suit filed by a governorship aspirant in Ondo State, Dr. Nath Adojutelegan, challenging the validity of the primary election which produced Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the All Progressives Congress’ candidate in the October 2020 governorship election in the state.
Justice Okon Abang has fixed Friday, for the concluding phase of the hearing.
He said a date for judgment will be fixed at the end of the Friday’s hearing.
The judge had planned to conclude the hearing on Tuesday, but had to adjourn due to the non-service of a counter-affidavit filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, on other parties to the suit.
He directed INEC’s lawyer, Abdulaziz Sani, to ensure the service of the counter-affidavit on the other parties within 48 hours.
The judge also informed the lawyers representing the other parties that they were at liberty to reply to the counter-affidavit.
The suit was filed on August 3, 2020 by Adojutelgan, who along with others, lost the APC primary election to Akeredolu.
Dissatisfied with the outcome of the primary election, the plaintiff on August 3, 2020, filed the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/886/2020, alleging 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.”