Gov. Akeredolu loses appeal on suit challenging his election

Rotimi Akeredolu

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed a stay of proceedings application by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in a case brought by a governorship aspirant in the last election, Olusegun Abraham, challenging his election.

Mr. Abraham is challenging the choice of Mr. Akeredolu as the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress in the November 26, 2016 governorship election.

Mr. Abraham, who came second in the primaries, which is the crux of the case before the court, is seeking an order nullifying the election of the Mr. Akeredolu.

According to him, the primaries which upheld the selection of Mr. Akeredolu was fraught with irregularities as affirmed by an investigative committee of the party, which also recommended a repeat of the exercise.

Shortly after the primaries, Mr. Abraham sought an interim injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission, from recognising Mr. Akeredolu as the governorship candidate of APC in the Ondo election scheduled for November 26, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed in the suit.

In October last year, the Federal High Court in Abuja presided by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, ruled that the application for interim injunction sought by Mr. Abraham, the first runner-up in the controversial Ondo governorship primaries of the APC, had merit.

The court then ordered Mr. Akeredolu to appear before it on October 28, 2016, but he appealed the ruling and also filed a stay of proceedings.

The appeal court however ruled that the appeal and the application for stay of proceeding lacked merit.

The court also ordered the governor to put up a defence as one of the respondents to the suit, which is marked FHC/ABJ / CS/788/2016 at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Mr. Abraham has hailed the ruling, saying it was a quit notice to the governor and his supporters and an indication that democracy was maturing in the country.


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  • Tuesday

    If Akeredolu thinks it is over then he his deceiving himself. Very clearly, the primary election that made him the APC flagbearer was fraudulent and he knows it well. Instead of him to quickly reconcile with the aggrieved members of the party immediately he was sworn-in as governor, he launched an operation to alienate them. I foresee a situation where the supreme court will call for a repeat of the primary election and whoever wins between him and Abraham will become the eventual governor. He should know that those who manipulated the primary election for him to win are no longer as powerful as when Buhari was fully in the saddle.

    • aisha ani

      Tinubu must think he is dealing with lagosians, we will turn Ondo state into wasteland before we let him take over.

      • Owejah

        Which one isTinubu’s own there? And… who are the we? You are not even from Ondo, and you’ve forgotten that Abraham is a grassroot man who was rigged out direct from Abuja with hi-tech fraud by the APC Chairman Odiga (Fence High) Olegun (Thief Climb it). Again, your post arrogantly portrayed Lagosians as a moronic lot compared to Ondo people! Softly, softly now…!

  • Tunde

    I think the guy is very arrogant, He came in through monumental fraud, because Odige or what is his name APC chairman and Buahari are supporting that fraud.

  • MilitaryPolice01

    Mr Gov shine your eye oo, dont be naive especially in this age of judicial abracadabra. If your white beards is affecting your thought process please shave it, sit up, Tinubu and his boys will not relent till they send you back to your private legal chambers

  • realist

    Our Creator is a God of justice, and he created us in his image, meaning that we equally possess a fraction of that quality of justice. If sending Akeredolu out of government house is the just thing, I think all lovers of justice will rejoice. Not because of Tinubu or Abraham but because of that inborn sense of justice in us.

    • chinedu

      I couldn’t have said it better. I am an unapologetic believer in the rule of law. And that is what we need to cure our lifestyle of impunity in this country.