Ondo Guber: Senator Ibrahim asks court to cancel Aiyedatiwa’s nomination as APC candidate

Senator Jimoh Ibrahim has dragged the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ondo State Governor, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before a Federal High Court in Abuja over the disputed primary election that produced Aiyedatiwa as APC candidate for November election.

Ibrahim who is representing Ondo South in the Senate, is praying the court cancel the nomination of Aiyedatiwa as APC candidate on the ground that the April 20 primary election that produced him was unlawful.

In the suit instituted on his behalf by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chris Uche, Ibrahim, a governorship aspirant who participated in the primary election alleged that the poll was marred with a lot of irregularities.

Among others, the Senator claimed that sections 221 and 228 of the 1999 Constitution and 84 of the Electoral Act 2022 were grossly violated in the conduct of the disputed primary election by the APC.

He alleged that some delegates who could have voted for him at the primary election were not accredited to vote thereby making the primary election liable to be set aside and nullified.

He prayed the Court to bar INEC from accepting Governor Aiyedatiwa as the APC governorship candidate in the coming November 16 gubernatorial election in Ondo State.

The Senator also sought an order of perpetual injunction prohibiting Governor Aiyedatiwa from holding himself out or parading himself as the APC governorship candidate.

Similarly, Ibrahim wants the court to set aside the purported primary election and compel the APC to conduct a fresh one in compliance with sections 221, and 228 of the 1999 Constitution and that of 84 of the Electoral Act 2022.

The aggrieved governorship aspirant prayed the Federal High Court to delist the names of the APC and Aiyedatiwa from the political parties and candidates that would participate in the gubernatorial poll.

The plaintiff further requested that APC and Governor Aiyedatiwa be stripped of all rights except a fresh primary election is lawfully conducted for the purpose of nominating a candidate for the governorship election.

At Wednesday’s proceedings, Senator Ibrahim through his lawyer moved an ex-parte application for an order of substituted service of court process on Aiyedatiwa through any staff of the APC at the National Secretariat in Abuja.

The request was granted by Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo who in a brief ruling ordered that the process in the suit be served on the Ondo State Governor through the APC.

Justice Ekwo subsequently fixed May 14 for the hearing of the suit.

Ondo Guber: Senator Ibrahim asks court to cancel Aiyedatiwa’s nomination as APC candidate

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