Ondo 2020: Court dismisses suit challenging Akeredolu’s candidacy

Ondo 2020: Court dismisses suit challenging Akeredolu’s candidacy

- A suit filed against Akeredolu by a member of the APC in Ondo, has been thrown out

- The plaintiff, Nathaniel Adojutelegan, asked the court to sack the governor because he was nominated through indirect primary

- The court, however, said that the suit was filed outside the stipulated days allowed by the constitution

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The governor of Ondo state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has again recorded a victory in a case instituted against him over his emergence as the candidate of the All Progressives Congres (APC) during the governorship election in the state.

The Nation reports that a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, December 15, dismissed the suit, saying it was statute-barred.

Legit.ng gathered that the plaintiff, Nathaniel Adojutelegan, who participated in the party's primary but lost, had challenged the adoption of the indirect mode of primary for the selection of a candidate for the election.

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Ondo election: Court dismisses suit seeking to sack Akeredolu
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has thrown out a suit against Governor Akeredolu. Credit: @RotimiAkeredolu
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In a judgment, Justice Okon Abang upheld the arguments by the APC and Akeredolu that the suit was filed outside the 14 days allowed under section 285(9) of the constitution for the institution of pre-election cases.

The judge, who also held that part of the issues raised in the suit was not justiciable, being pre-primary matters, relating to the internal affairs of the APC, proceeded to dismiss the suit.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ondo election, Eyitayo Jegede, revealed his reason for challenging Governor Akeredolu at the tribunal.

According to him, the governor was not validly nominated by the APC for the October 10 election.

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In another report, the wife of Governor Akeredolu's chief of staff, Olugbenga Ale, who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen has been released by her abductors.

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Sade Ale, who was abducted at Owena area of Ondo state, was confirmed released on Saturday, November 28, by a government official.

The unnamed official also refused to confirm if any ransom was paid before she was released.

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