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The Federal High Court of Abuja dismissed a suit questioning the legitimacy of the primary election that Rotimi Akeredolu had made as the nominee for governor of the All Democratic Congress in the most recent governorship election.

The presiding judge, Iyang Ekwo, held in a judgment that the case brought by Olajumoke Anifowose had been ruled out of the 14 days required by statute for a pre-election case.

Mrs Anifowose, in the suit brought on her behalf by her father, Adesina Oke, argued that Section 87 of the Electoral Act and Article 20 of the APC Constitution had been breached by the State Executive Committee and the Local Government Committee that organized the election in the primary election.

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The plaintiffs had urged the court to issue an order rendering the primary election void and to prohibit INEC from accepting Governor Akeredolu as a nominee for governorship.

She also begged the court to prohibit the APC from introducing Mr. Akeredolu as its nominee for governor.

The court upheld the preliminary hearing objections by the governor and APC , who claimed the suit was grossly Incompetent.

Justice Ekwo noted that the governor was nominated by APC on July 20th and the plaintiffs filed the suit on July 29th which fell within 14 days required by law, but the suit became incompetent due to withdrawal of the initial originating summons and its substitution on August 20th.

Mrs Anifowose, in the suit brought on her behalf by her father, Adesina Oke, argued that Section 87 of the Electoral Act and Article 20 of the APC Constitution had been breached by the State Executive Committee and the Local Government Committee that organized the election in the primary election.

The plaintiffs had urged the court to issue an order rendering the primary election void and to prohibit INEC from accepting Governor Akeredolu as a nominee for governorship.

She also begged the court to prohibit the APC from introducing Mr. Akeredolu as its nominee for governor.

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