Fears over legal hurdle to Akeredolu’s swearing-in as governor

Fears over legal hurdle to Akeredolu's swearing-in as governor

Fears as Akeredolu’s 30 lawyers fail to clear legal hurdle to swearing-in

Ahead the February 27, 2017 swearing in of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the next governor of Ondo State, his camp is getting jittery over what may go wrong.

There are fears as to what may become of the case challenging his authenticity as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the November 28 election in the state.

This was as the Abuja Federal High Court on Friday, despite the governor-elect’s legal team of 28 lawyers and 2 SANs, dismissed the preliminary objections Akeredolu raised against the suit filed by a governorship aspirant of the APC, Engr. Olusegun Abraham challenging his emergence as the APC’s candidate.

After it refusal to dismiss the case the court adjourned the matter to February 2, 2017 ahead of the February 27 inauguration date.

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Abraham, in his suit, is challenging the emergence of Mr. Akeredolu as the winner of the party’s primaries in court. He had through an ex parte motion asked the court to declare the process that produced Akeredolu as governorship candidate of APC as illegal.

The prayer of Abraham who came second in the party’s primaries was on the basis that the election did not conform to the constitution of the APC and guidelines set by the party for the primaries.

The case, at least at the moment, is the only hurdle before the governor-elect and his awaiting office.


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