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Court dismisses suit challenging Akeredolu’s election

by Kunle Awosiyan

Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging the victory of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship election held in Ondo State.

The plaintiff, an APC governorship aspirant, who participated in the primary but lost – Nathaniel Adojutelegan – had challenged the party’s adoption of the indirect mode of primary for the selection of its candidate for the election.

Meanwhile, Justice Okon Abang, upheld the arguments by the APC and Akeredolu (listed as the first and second defendants) that the suit was statute-barred, having been filed outside the 14 days allowed under Section two-eight-five (285) sub-section nine (9) of the Constitution, for the institution of pre-election cases.

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

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