The Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked to void the outcome of the primary election held in Ondo State on July 20, this year by the All Progressives Congress (APC), to nominate its candidate for the governorship election scheduled for October 10, 2020.
The plaintiff, a governorship aspirant and contestant at the primary, Nathaniel Olumuyiwa Adojutelegan, urged the court to order the APC to conduct fresh primary election and bar Olurotimi Akeredolu (the incumbent, who was declared winner of the primary) from participating in the fresh one to be ordered by the court.
Listed as defendants in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/886/2020 are: the APC, Akeredolu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In the suit, the plaintiff is contending among others, that the primary was held in violation of the Electoral Act, APC’s constitution, the party’s Electoral Guidelines, and among other provisions.
He stated that, The primary was marred by grave and substantial non-compliance with the spirit and purpose of the 1st defendant’s constitution, electoral guidelines and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), and these substantially affected the outcome of the primary election.”
The plaintiff added that “the purported nomination of the 2nd defendant (Akeredolu) by the 1st defendant (APC) and submission or likely submission of his name as candidate for the general election is arbitrary, whimsical, unlawful, invalid and without any justification whatsoever.”