An Abuja High Court, on Wednesday dismissed a legal suit made against the authenticity of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu’s victory in the primary election that qualified him for Ondo State 2020 gubernatorial election under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Justice Iyang Ekwo’s judgement, the court insisted that the charge by Olajimoke Anifowose is obsolete, noting that it was filed beyond the 14 days allowable by the law for a pre-election issue.
The plaintiff in the suit filed on her behalf by Adesina Oke, contended that section 87 of the electoral Act and article 20 of the APC Constitution were violated in the primaries by the state executive committee and local government committee that conducted the election.
Prrssing further, Anifowose pleaded with the court for an order declaring the primaries null and void and to bar the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising Rotimi Akeredolu as the governorship candidate of the APC in Ondo State.
However, Justice Ekwo, while dismissing the suit, noted that Mr. Akeredolu was nominated by the APC on the 20th of July 2020 and the plaintiffs filed the suit on the 29th of the same month which fell within 14 days required by law but the suit became incompetent due to the withdrawal of the initial originating summons and its substitution on the 20th of August 2020.