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Ondo: Court set date to rule on suit seeking Gov Akeredolu’s sack

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A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, scheduled judgment for January 13, 2021, in a suit seeking to sack Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the Governor of Ondo State.

Justice Inyang Ekwo picked the date after hearing final arguments from lawyers representing parties in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/881/2020 by a former governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the last election in Ondo, Mrs Olajumoke Anifowose.

Anifowose is, among others, querying the result of the July 20, 2020 governorship primary poll performed by the APC, that saw Akeredolu emerged as the party’s candidate.

Defendants in the case are Akeredolu, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC.

However, Adesina Oke, the plaintiff’s lawyer, adopted all the processes he filed for his client and urged the court to discountenance the objections raised by the defendants.

Oke prayed the court to settle all the issues raised in the suit and allow the reliefs sought by his client.

On their part, lawyers to Akeredolu and the APC, Akin Olujinmi (SAN) and Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) told the court to uphold their objection to the competence of the case and dismiss it.

Olujinmi and Fagbemi argued that the case was wrongly commenced when the Plaintiff sued the Governor of Ondo State as against suing Akeredolu in his personal capacity since the case was about his candidacy.

Olujinmi, however, argued that effort by the Plaintiff to correct the error in the suit by filing an amended originating summons came late as it was done fifty days after the cause of action, outside the fourteen days allowed by the Constitution.

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