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Ondo Election 2020: APC Chieftain Asks Court to Disqualify Akeredolu

With barely 24 hours to the conduct of the gubernatorial election in Ondo State, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Kalu Kalu, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja, to restrain the APC and its governorship candidate, Mr Olurotimi Akeredolu, from participating in the poll.

Aside Akeredolu, two others the plaintiff also wants to be prevented from the upcoming elections in the country are the APC’s candidates; Mr Abiru Tokunbo and Mr Frank Ibezim contesting for Lagos East and Imo North Senatorial Districts respectively.

The aggrieved chieftain is seeking the exclusion of APC candidates from further elections pending the determination of the suit challenging the dissolution of the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party on June 25 this year.

His grouse is that the APC is presently being administered by a caretaker committee, rather than the elected NWC.

Respondents in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/736/2020 and filed on October 9, 2020 are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC, Chairman of APC Caretaker Committee and Governor of Yobe State Mai Mala Buni.

Others are members of the Caretaker Committee which include; Isiaka Oyebola, Ken Nnamani, Stella Okorete, Governor Sani Bello, Dr James Lalu, Senator Abubakar Yusuf, Hon. Akinyemi Olaide, David Leon, Professor Tahir Mamman, Ismail Ahmed and Senator Akpan Udoedehe as 1st to 14th respondents respectively.

The plaintiff in the suit filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Mr Ukpai Ukairo, is claiming that nomination of candidates for an election by law ought to be by no other person than the Chairman and Secretary of the party.

He specifically accused INEC of “accepting, notifications and letters from the 3rd to 14th respondents and in that process qualifying persons as candidates in election being conducted by it when the names of such candidates were not submitted by the National Chairman or/ and Secretary of the APC”.

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