- There are agitations over the outcome of the Ondo APC gubernatorial primary
- In fact, calls have been made for the cancellation of the election
- The call was made to the Federal High Court by an APC governorship aspirant, Nathaniel Adojutelegan
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Nathaniel Adojutelegan, an aggrieved gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the Federal High Court in Abuja to restrain Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu from further parading himself as the candidate of the party in Ondo.
Adojutelegan urged the court to void the outcome of the party’s governorship primary in which Akeredolu emerged victorious, The Nation reports.
Calling for a fresh primary, the APC aspirant alleged that the earlier election was conducted in violation of the Electoral Act, APC’s constitution and the party’s electoral guidelines.
He said: “The 1st defendant failed to comply with these guidelines or constitutional provisions enshrined in the 1st defendant’s constitution.
“Being aggrieved by the result of the primary, I petitioned by way of an appeal against it to the 1st defendant’s appeals committee on July 22 and appeared before the committee in Abuja on July 24 to present my petition/appeal. I have not heard from the committee since then."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that with months to the gubernatorial election in the state, Akeredolu had strongly stated that he would defeat Eyitayo Jegede again.
The governor, who spoke in Abuja at the APC national secretariat where he collected his return certificate, however, admitted that the victory will not come easily.
Akeredolu clinched the APC ticket in style on Monday, July 20, by polling the highest number of votes in all the 18 local government areas of Ondo state.
Jegede, on the other hand, defeated seven other aspirants on Wednesday, July 22, including Agboola Ajayi, the embattled deputy governor of Ondo state who recently dumped APC to fight for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket.
The senior lawyer, who had served as the Ondo state commissioner of justice and attorney general, polled 888 votes to dislodge Ajayi who polled 657 votes.
The battle for the Ondo state most revered power seat will be exciting because both Governor Akeredolu who is now the ruling party's candidate and Jegede of PDP are not new to each other.
Akeredolu, who defeated Jegede in 2016, vowed to replicate that feat, adding that "I just pray that our campaign should be issue-based without violence".
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