Court dismisses suit against Akeredolu, Ajasin’s daughter plans appeal

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Delivering judgement on the suit, on Wednesday, Justice Iyang Ekwo held that the case instituted by Olajumoke Anifowose, was filed within 14 days as was required for pre-election matters.

The plaintiff, had in the suit filed on her behalf, by her lawyer, Adesina Oke, challenged the indirect mode adopted by the APC for the conduct of the primary which Akeredolu won.

According her, Section 87 of the Act and Article 20 of the APC constitution were violated by the ’s Executive Committee and Local Government Committee while conducting the exercise.

She prayed the court grant an order invalidating the primary election. Anifowose also prayed the court stop the National Commission recognising Akeredolu as APC candidate for the said election.

The plaintiff equally prayed the court prohibit APC submitting Akeredolu’s name to INEC and that also grant an order barring Akeredolu parading himself as the APC gubernatorial candidate.

Ekwo said, “Let me make clear that a careful perusal of facts in this matter showed that the first defendant, Akeredolu, was nominated on July, 20, 2020, and the plaintiff came to court on July 29, 2020.

“A new dimension however emerged when the plaintiff on August 20, 2020, substituted the originating summon of the July 29, with another one due to the error discovered in the first one that sued the office of the governor that did in the disputed primary.

“This substitution having been done within 14 days allowed by Section 285 of the 1999 constitution, makes this suit statute barred and constitutionally dead.” He subsequently dismissed the suit.

Responding to the judgement, the plaintiff in the suit, Mrs Jumoke Anifowoshe, vowed to appeal the ruling.

Anifowose, who is the daughter of the first executive governor of the , Chief Adekunle Ajasin, while reacting to the judgment in Akure, said, “ did not file out of time. ’s an issue to be determined by the Court of Appeal. To me, the judgement is a ridiculous one.”

Meanwhile, the Ondo chapter of the APC welcomed the judgement describing it as a victory for democracy and the rule of law.

The state chairman of the , Mr Ade Adetimehin while welcoming the verdict cautioned aggrieved against going to court without first exhausting the internal conflict resolution mechanisms of the .

He said, “The is very serious about the issue of discipline and would therefore not take lightly any act of indiscipline, and disregard for rules and interest.

“Again to appeal to those instituting litigation against the party and its candidate to back down in the interest of the state and her .”