Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Akeredolu’s Candidacy

The federal high court in Abuja, has dismissed the suit challenging the candidacy of the governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.

Justice Okon Abang on Wednesday ruled that the petitioner, Nat Adotutelegan filed the case out of time.

Justice Abang added 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 awarded against Adojutelegan.

Adojutelegan, who along with others lost the primary election to Akeredolu, had challenged the result.

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.

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