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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Court fixes November 15 for ruling on Ondo APC primaries



A Federal High Court sitting in Akure has fixed Friday, November 15, 2018 for ruling on an application to prevent INEC from recognising any list sent to it by the All Progressives Congress, APC as result for the House of Representatives and House of Assembly primaries in the state.

Presiding Judge, Justice F. A. Olubanjo fixed the date after hearing on the application by some aggrieved members of the party.

The members, numbering about 100,who are aspirants of the party across the state had dragged the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole and the National Legal Adviser, Babatunde Ogala before the court.

Their Counsel, Wale Omotoso, asked the court to declare that the party did not have candidates for the National and State Assembly elections in the state.

He asked for an interlocutory order, restraining INEC from receiving any list sent to it by the National Working Committee (NWC).

According to the aggrieved aspirants, no primaries were held for the party across the state.

They asked for an “order that the subversion of the Electoral Guidelines of the APC as stipulated in its constitution by the party machinery in Ondo State in respect of the House of Representatives and House of Assembly primaries purportedly conducted on the 5th of October, 2018 in their failure to give the claimants opportunity of being voted for by the members of the party as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended is illegal, invalid, unconstitutional, null and void.

“A declaration that the hand picking of preferred candidates without conducting any primary election in any of the ward and constituency in Ondo State with non presence of any officials of INEC and members of the National Electoral Committee of the party amounting to per-arranged choice of candidates is illegal, contrary to the Electoral guideline of the APC party and the express provisions of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended in 2015.”

In his reply, Counsel to APC and its Chairman, Yinka Orokoto, asked the court to dismiss the application of the aspirants in its entirety, noting that the prayers the aspirants had been overtaken by event as the list had been submitted to INEC.

Orokoto said all the averments of the applicants were hearsay as there was no how the court would prevent an entire party from submitting list of candidates for election.

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