Akeredolu Remains Ondo Governor – APC
The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has assured the people of the state that there is no cause for alarm over the Supreme Court ruling which dismissed the appeal filed by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
The apex court had on Friday dismissed an appeal by Akeredolu challenging a judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which upheld an order by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of Federal High Court, granting permission to Olusegun Abraham to serve Akeredolu through substituted means, court documents in relation to the suit he (Abraham) filed.
Abraham’s suit is challenging the outcome of the primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which produced Akeredolu as the party’s candidate for the last governorship election in Ondo State.
In a unanimous judgment on the appeal marked: SC/698?2017, a five-man panel of the Supreme Court held that Akeredolu’s appeal was without merit.
However, some people in the state have started misinterpreting the apex court’s verdict as outright removal of Akeredolu from office.
Reacting to the judgment, the APC said Friday’s verdict is a mere permission to begin the hearing of the case itself.
The party in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otalorilot urged all APC members and the citizenry to remain calm and refuse to be confused on the court verdict.
"It is pertinent to let our members and people of Ondo State to know that the governor is unperturbed being a legal luminary who understands that the Supreme Court verdict only permits him to open up his defence and put the record straight.
"The veracity of the matter is largely on Akeredolu’s side considering the avalanche of evidence in his favour.
It said "Akeredolu’s character, popularity and conviction on the fair conduct of the primary prompted other contestants in the primary to congratulate him when he was declared winner.
“It is also clear that the apex court’s verdict is a sheer approval to commence hearing of a case that has not begun.
“Nevertheless, Abraham is currently alone on this legal journey as all other contestants in the primary have been working towards strengthening the party, while the national leadership of the party as well as our national leader, Bola Tinubu is already working with Akeredolu and our party (APC) for successful implementation of all his people-oriented programmes.”
The APC said the current unity among members of the party was a strong indication that” Abraham is standing alone in his illusion, trying to whip up a dead horse”.