The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed December 14, 2020 for judgment in a suit challenging the validity of the primary election that produced Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the recently conducted October. 10 poll.
Justice Okon Abang fixed the date after taking arguments from parties in the suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/886/2020 filed on 3rd August, 2020 by Dr Nath Adojutelegan, an APC governorship aspirant in the election.
The APC, Akeredolu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are 1st to 3rd respondents respectively.
The plaintiff had alleged that the exercise was marred by grave and substantial noncompliance with the spirit and purpose of the APC Constitution, Electoral Guidelines and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), which he argued , “substantially affected the outcome of the primary election.”
Specifically, he noted that the delegates list used for the primary violated section 87(7) and (8) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), Article 20 (iii) and (iv) (a), (b), (c) and (d) of the APC Constitution 2014 (as amended) and Electoral Guidelines.
Adojutelgan urged the court to make an order nullifying the nomination of Akeredolu as the party’s candidate in the October 10 governorship election in the state.
He equally sought relief from the court not to allow Akeredolu gain from his alleged wrongdoings regarding the governorship primary election.
The plaintiff prayed the court to make an order nullifying the exercise and order a fresh primary from which the governor should not be allowed to participate. the major issue was that the APC Constitution stated the use of secret ballot, which a party said could be open or closed.
Another party stated clearly that the secret ballot system was jettisoned in favour of the open ballot system.