The disaster rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo state over recently-conducted primaries took a distinct twist on Friday when the get together’s state Home of Meeting candidate for Okitipupa II Constituency, Mr Ololade James Gbegudu dragged the get together and the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, earlier than the State Excessive Court docket sitting in Akure for allegedly refusing to publish his title for the 2019 common election after successful the get together’s main.
A swimsuit filed by Gbegudu’s counsel, Femi Emodamori, additionally joined APC State Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, the get together’s State Secretary, Sina Alaye, and an Meeting Aspirant, Sina Akinwunmi Emmanuel as defendants.
Ololade-Gbegudu, within the swimsuit, stated he instituted the case after APC and its officers refused to ship his title to INEC in step with the 2010 Electoral Act having gained the first which was carried out by APC on fifth October, 2018 and duly monitored by the officers of INEC led by Etukumo U. Andrew, policemen and the Division of State Providers, DSS, personnel.
Justice Olabode Adegbehingbe granted an software introduced by the counsel to allow the claimant to serve INEC and the APC headquarters in Abuja and vowed to provide the case an accelerated listening to in view of its nature.
The lawyer had urged the Court docket to declare as unlawful the substitution of the claimant’s title with Akinwunmi’s title and compel INEC to recognise and publish Gbegudu’s title because the APC candidate for the Okitipupa Constituency II within the 2019 State Home of Meeting election.
The Claimant averred that he gained the direct main for the Okitipupa Constituency II for the Ondo State Home of Meeting with four,000 votes to beat 5 different aspirants together with Akinwunmi Emmanuel, whose title he claimed was wrongly submitted to INEC, by the get together’s officers.
The Plaintiff’s lead Counsel, Mr Femi Emodamore, stated, “the Claimant additional avers that the overall variety of accredited voters on the stated direct main election as recorded by the representatives of the first Defendant (APC) have been 7,000 whereas the overall legitimate votes have been 6,500, out of which he scored the four,000 resulting from his overwhelming reputation on the constituency and was declared winner of the first.”
Emodamore claimed that, “the 4th Defendant (Akinwunmi) on this case scored zero (zero) as attested to by the APC Ondo State Legislative Primaries Election Committee. The Claimant shall on this regard depend on the unique (counter-part) of the Abstract Outcome Sheet for State Home of Meeting duly signed by Abuh Andrew Abuh and Ahmed Musa Momoh because the Chairman and Secretary of the APC Ondo State Legislative Primaries Election Committee respectively and given to every of the candidates, together with the Claimant”.
The Lawyer alleged that, “the falsified end result, the title of the Claimant (Gbegudu Ololade James) remains to be seen within the certification column on the backside of the Outcome Sheet because the winner. The Claimant’s title was nevertheless merely crossed out with a biro/pen (not even utterly wiped or blurred out with paint) and on high of it was written in ink the phrases: WINNER-SINA AKINWUMI EMMANUEL, as in opposition to the right certification column already printed within the Outcome Sheet”.
Emodamore stated, “an order of necessary injunction directing the fifth Defendant (INEC) to acknowledge, publish and/or deal with the title of the Claimant because the candidate of the first Defendant (APC) for the Okitipupa Constituency II of the Ondo State Home of Meeting for the final election for the stated constituency seat scheduled to carry on 2/three/2019 or such different date(s) because the fifth Defendant might repair for the election.”