A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) today dismissed a suit that sought to nullify the emergence of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship election in Ondo State.
The plaintiff, Nathaniel Adojutelegan, also an APC governorship aspirant, who participated in the primary but lost, had instituted the suit which challenged the party’s adoption of the indirect mode of primary for the selection of its candidate for the election.
In a judgment Wednesday, Justice Okon Abang upheld the arguments by the first and second defendants, APC and Akeredolu, that the suit was statute-barred.
This means the suit had been filed (officially registered and booked in at the courts) outside the 14 days allowed under Section 285(9) of the Constitution, for pre-election matters.
Justice Abang clarified that, while the cause of action arose on July 17, 2020, when the APC’s Election Committee, headed by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, announced the adoption of indirect primary, Adojutelegan chose to file his suit on August 3, 2020.
Justice Abang further held that part of the issues raised in the suit were not justiciable, being pre-primary matters, which related to the internal affairs of the APC, in view of which he consequently dismiss the suit.