By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The appeal filed by Dr Nathaniel Adojutelegan against the victory of Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, in the primary election of All Progressives Congress(APC) held on July 20, 2020, has been dismissed.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja, in a unanimous decision, held on Friday evening that the appeal lacks merit.
Hitherto, Adojutelegan, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC in Ondo State had filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja asking for an order nullifying the nomination of Governor Akeredolu as the party’s candidate for the October 10, 2020 governorship in the state.
Adojutelegan, who had urged the court not to allow Governor Akeredolu to gain from his alleged wrongdoings regarding the July 20, 2020 governorship primary election, prayed for an order nullifying the exercise and ordering a fresh primary.
The appeal was unanimously dismissed by a three-member panel of the appellate court led by Theresa Orj-Abadua.
Ibrahim Adeyangtso, a member of the panel, who read the lead judgment, said after considering all the issues raised by parties to the case, the appeal was found to be lacking in substance.
The three-member panel upheld the decision of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which earlier dismissed same of being statute barred.
Justice Abang had on December 16 2020 upheld the emergence of Arakunrin Akeredolu as the flag bearer of APC in the governorship election held on the 10th October, 2020