The Supreme Court, yesterday, dismissed an appeal by the Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, challenging the mode of service of court processes on him in a pre-election matter filed by Olusegun Abraham, the All Progressives Congress governorship aspirant in the State.
The court dismissed the suit for lack of merit.
But the Ondo State Government, in a swift reaction, said there is no cause for alarm.
Akeredolu had, by the appeal, challenged a July 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which upheld an order by a Federal High Court in Abuja, granting permission to Olusegun Abraham to serve the court processes on Akeredolu through substituted means.
Abraham’s suit is challenging the outcome of the primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which produced Akeredolu as the party’s candidate for the last governorship election in Ondo State.
In a unanimous judgment, a five-man panel of the Supreme Court held that Akeredolu’s appeal was without merit.
Justice John Okoro, in the lead judgment, which was delivered by Justice Ejembi Eko, upheld the earlier decision of the Court of Appeal and awarded N500, 000 cost against Akeredolu, in favour of Abraham.
In a statement signed by Segun Ajiboye, chief press secretary to the
governor, shortly after the judgment was delivered, the Ondo State Government described the Judgment as a non-issue.
Ajiboye said, “Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has assured the people of the state that there is no cause for alarm over the Supreme Court ruling which dismissed the appeal filed by him.
“He describes the ruling as a non-issue.
“The governor asks the peace-loving people to dismiss the ruling, adding
that it is nothing to worry about and advised them to continue to support
his administration in its determination to develop the State.