Ondo election: Absence of judge stalls hearing in suit challenging Akeredolu’s candidature

THE absence of Justice Nnamdi Dimgba has stalled hearing in a suit challenging the candidature of Rotimi Akeredolu as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.

Dr Olusegun Abraham, a stalwart of the APC in Ondo, filed the suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the ground that the process that produced Akeredolu was illegal.

Abraham alleged that the process that produced the defendant as the governorship candidate was not in conformity with the law.

He also joined the APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as defendants.

The suit is also seeking an interim order to restrain the APC from parading Akeredolu as its governorship candidate, and to restrain Akeredolu from parading himself as such, pending the determination of the motion.

At the resumed sitting on Wednesday, officials of the court informed parties to the suit that the judge was ill and unable to  attend the day’s sitting.

Consequently, lawyers representing both parties picked December 6 as the next adjourned date for hearing of the case.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Justice Dimgba, at the last sitting on November 10, had adjourned hearing of other motions in the suit till November 23.