Ondo Poll: Court May Stop Akeredolu’s Swearing In On February 27, 2017

By Ikenga Chronicles December 17, 2016

Ahead of the February 27, 2017 swearing in of Rotimi Akeredolu as the next governor of Ondo State, his camp is getting jittery over what may go wrong.

There are fears as to what may become of the case challenging his authenticity as the All Progressives Congress(APC) candidate for the November 28 election in the state.

Recall that one of the gubernatorial contestants of the APC in Ondo State,  Segun Abraham had said that he would not leave the party and vowed to reclaim what he called his mandate in the courts.

At a press conference in Akure, Abraham, alleged to be the anointed candidate of the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, had said he will not move an inch from the party, saying landlords cannot abandon their houses for the tenants.

He said after going through the first level of seeking redress at the Appeal Committee of the APC and the National Working Committee(NWC) of the party, and could not get justice; he has resolved to seek redress at the court of law.

This was as the Abuja Federal High Court on Friday,  December 16 despite the governor-elect’s legal team of 28 lawyers and 2 SANs, dismissed the preliminary objections Akeredolu raised against the suit filed by a governorship aspirant of the APC, Abraham challenging his emergence as the APC’s candidate.

After its refusal to dismiss the case,the court adjourned the matter to February 2, 2017 ahead of the February 27 inauguration date.

Abraham, in his suit, is challenging the emergence of  Akeredolu as the winner of the party’s primaries in court.

He had through an ex parte motion asked the court to declare the process that produced Akeredolu as governorship candidate of APC illegal.

The prayer of Abraham who came second in the party’s primaries was on the basis that the election did not conform to the constitution of the APC and guidelines set by the party for the primaries.

The case, at least at the moment, is the only hurdle before the governor-elect and his awaiting office.

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