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Ondo APC Governorship Tussle: Abraham Asks Court to Stop Akeredolu’s Candidacy


An Abuja High Court, Wednesday, fixed Oct. 28 for hearing in an ex-parte motion filed by Olusegun Abraham, one of the aspirants of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Sept. 3 governorship primary of party in Ondo State, asking the court to prevent the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from accepting Rotimi Akeredolu as APC authentic candidate for the November 26 gubernatorial election in the state.
Counsel to Abraham, Prof. George Akinseyi asked the court to give an interim order and interlocutory injunction stopping INEC from accepting Akeredolu’s name from the party as Ondo State governorship candidate.
Prof. Akinseyi also filed two different affidavits to support the motion.
The defendants to the case are the APC, Akeredolu and INEC.
Meanwhile, counsels to the defendants were absent not in court.
In a bench ruling, the trial Judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, fixed November 28 for hearing, saying in a such a matter of sensitive nature, it will be fair if all parties to the suit are present in court before order is made.
Abraham, believed to enjoy the backing of the National leader of the party, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, came second in the September 3 primary of the party, in which Akeredolu emerged top, to fly the party’s flag.
However, some of the candidates, aside Abraham, complained of irregularities during the primary.
One of them, Olusola Oke, disclosed that the final voting was marked by corruption. He said the results that produced Akeredolu, who scored 669 votes to emerge the winner of the contest among the twenty-four aspirants, was marred with irregularities.
Oke said the results that produced the opposition party candidate, Romiti Akeredolu, who scored 669 votes to emerge the winner of the contest among the 24 aspirants, was marred with irregularities.
Oke, who polled 583 votes to come third from behind during the poll, revealed that the process and outcome of the primary election was corruptly rooted because the delegate lists used for the hectic exercise was doctored and injected with fake names.
According to him, three hundred and eighty three (383) names were directly injected into the delegates’ list thereby altering the main configuration list that would have produced a rancour-free governorship primary election of the party.

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