The Ondo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Akure, on Monday struck out the application filed by the Accord Party and its candidate, Mr Olawale Ojo challenging the victory of Governor Olusegun Mimiko at the last Governorship elections in the state. Ojo had approached the Tribunal to challenge his exclusion from the October 20, 2012 governorship election.
The petition was dismissed following an application by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Mohammed Nalado that the party has no case before the tribunal as against the claim by Mr Olawale Ojo and the acclaimed Acting State Chairman, Mr Olanrewaju Olaniran challenging the victory of Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
Relying on the Accord Party’s constitution, the Tribunal Chairman, Justice Andovar Kaka’an said only the National body as represented by the National Chairman has a right to institute a case before the tribunal and since the National Chairman has said he has no case before the tribunal, the motion of Mr Olawale Ojo is struck out for lack of merit.
The tribunal also rejected a bid by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to introduce fresh facts into their petition saying the time frame to do so has elapsed