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Court adjourns suit challenging Akeredolu’s candidature till Nov 20

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The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday adjourned till November 20, hearing in a suit challenging the validity of the primary election that produced Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the October 10 election.

Justice Okon Abang, who fixed the date, said another date would be fixed to deliver judgment.

Law Reporters reports that an APC governorship aspirant in the state election, Nath Adojutelegan, filed the suit challenging the poll outcome.

The suit was filed on August 3 by Adojutelgan, who along with others lost the APC primary election to Akeredolu.

In the suit, the plaintiff alleged that the exercise was marred by grave and substantial non-compliance 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 primaries 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.

According to him, the list was unlawful and invalid on the grounds that it was filled with the names of principal officers of the wards, local governments and state executive committees of the party in Ondo State, none of whom was democratically elected to be delegates at the primary election as prescribed by the laws and regulations cited.

Adojutelgan urged the court to make an order nullifying the nomination of Akeredolu as the party’s candidate in the October 10 governorship election.

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