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2019: Candidate Drags APC, INEC To Court

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Ololade James Gbegudu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Okitipupa constituency II, for the state House of Assembly election in Ondo State has dragged the ruling party to a High Court sitting in Akure.

Gbegudu also sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for allegedly refusing to publish and substituting his name for the 2019 general election after he won the party’s primary.

In a suit filed by Gbegudu’s counsel, A.A. Solagbade-Amodeni of Femi Emmanuel Emodamori & Co, also joined the APC state chairman, Ade Adetimehin, the party’s secretary, Sina Alaye, and an Assembly aspirant, Sina Akinwunmi Emmanuel as defendants.

In the suit, Gbegudu said that he instituted the case after APC and its officers refused to send his name to INEC in line with the 2010 Electoral Act, having won the direct primary election conducted by the party on October 5, 2018, and duly monitored by officials of INEC led by Etukumo U. Andrew, policemen and the Department of State Services (DSS) personnel.

Justice Olabode Adegbehingbe granted an application brought by the counsel to enable the claimant to serve INEC and the APC headquarters in Abuja and vowed to give the case an accelerated hearing in view of its nature.

The lawyer urged the court to declare as illegal, the substitution of the claimant’s name with Akinwunmi’s name, and compel INEC to recognise and publish Gbegudu’s name as the APC candidate for the Okitipupa constituency II, in the 2019 state House of Assembly election.

The claimant averred that he won the direct primary for the constituency with 4,000 votes to beat five other aspirants including Akinwunmi Emmanuel, whose name was wrongly submitted to INEC by the party’s officials.





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