Hear­ing in Ak­eredolu, Abra­ham suit be­gins to­mor­row

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - POLITICS - By Seye Olu­mide

THE Fed­eral High Court, Abuja will to­mor­row com­mence the hear­ing in the suit by the Ondo State chap­ter of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rant, Dr. Se­gun Abra­ham against Gover­nor Ro­timi Ak­eredolu (SAN).

The in­cum­bent gover­nor was de­clared win­ner in the Septem­ber 3 2016 gov­er­nor­ship pri­mary, which was su­per­vised by Ji­gawa State Gover­nor Abubakar Badaru.

How­ever, Abra­ham is chal­leng­ing the emer­gence of Ak­eredolu as the APC flag bearer for the 2016 gov­er­nor­ship poll and urg­ing the court to de­clare him win­ner of the pri­mary.

The no­tice was served on con­cerned par­ties by the court presided over by Jus­tice Nnamidi Dimgba in Abuja.

The com­mence­ment of the suit fol­lowed the ver­dict of the Supreme Court that Ak­eredolu’s ap­peal was with­out merit and could not stop the case from be­ing heard at the High Court.

Abra­ham had ap­proached the court to be de­clared the win­ner of the APC pri­mary and sub­se­quently sworn in to re­place Ak­eredolu as gover­nor.

Ac­cord­ing to ob­servers, the 2016 pri­mary re­main a sub­ject of lit­i­ga­tion for al­most two years, fol­low­ing the ne­glect of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion by the party.

But re­cently, some party mem­bers in the camp of Abra­ham raised the alarm that plans are un­der­way to ei­ther de­lay or trun­cate the case by re­sort­ing to tech­ni­cal­i­ties.

The ag­grieved mem­bers hinged their out­cry on a plan to ei­ther chal­lenge the ju­ris­dic­tion of the court to hear the case or black­mail the judge by re­quest­ing that the case be moved to an­other judge.

But, the Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary, Abay­omi Ade­sanya and Di­rec­tor of Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity of the APC, Steve Otaloro, de­scribed the al­le­ga­tion as a fab­ri­ca­tion.

The duo said Ak­eredolu can­not ma­nip­u­late any judg­ment be­cause the case favours him.

Ac­cord­ing to him, “They are cry­ing wolf where there is none. They should have con­fi­dence in the ju­di­ciary. They should not be jit­tery.”

He added: “Ak­eredolu is an ac­tivist and a Se­nior Ad­vo­cate of Nige­ria. He up­holds the rule of law. It is un­for­tu­nate that Nige­ri­ans are in­sult­ing our ju­di­ciary by com­ing up with this friv­o­lous al­le­ga­tion. Whether they be­lieve it or not our ju­di­ciary re­mains one of the best in the world.

He said the camp of Abra­ham is jit­tery. They know that their mat­ter is only await­ing of­fi­cial nul­li­fi­ca­tion be­cause it lacks sub­stance.”

Mean­while, some sup­port­ers of Abra­ham were hope­ful that the case would turn out in their favour.

The mat­ter is among the sev­eral lin­ger­ing crises in the rul­ing APC across the na­tion, which the Bola Ahmed Tin­ubuled rec­on­cil­i­a­tion com­mit­tee tasked by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari is ex­pected to ad­dress.

How­ever, Tin­ubu him­self is said to be neck deep in the Ak­eredolu, Abra­ham face off as he (Tin­ubu) al­legedly sup­ported Abra­ham dur­ing the pri­mary.

Ob­servers are also wait­ing whether the lead­er­ship of the party will in­ter­vene in the mat­ter or al­lowed the courts to pur­sue it to log­i­cal con­clu­sion.



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