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ONDO: Court Nullifies Gboyega Adefarati’s Primary, Ordered Fresh Poll

By Dupson Collins, 13 October, 2020

A federal High Court sitting in Akure has ordered the All Progressives Congress to conduct fresh primary election for Akoko SouthEast/South-West Federal Constituency within seven days.

It could be recalled that, Gboyega Adefarati, the son of the former governor of Ondo State was declared winner in the All Progressive Congress primary election of the Akoko South West/ Akoko West Federal Constituency.

Not satisfied with the manner Adefarati emerged, some of the aspirants approached the federal high court in Akure to challenge his declaration.

Some of the aspirants includes Dr Olusegun Ategbole, Hon Ade Adeogun among others

The primary election venue was moved from Akoko to Akure, which the aspirants challenged in court.

While aspirants while waiting for the electoral committee of the party at Oka Akoko, some delegates were allegedly gathered at the Dome in Akure where Gboyega Adefarati was declared winner.

The Chairman of the State Electoral panel, Dr. Kingsley Nwankwere, had on May 27, 2022, announced the results of the primary saying out of the 113 delegates, Adefarati polled 96 votes while his closest rival, the Vice-Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on National Security, Ade Adeogun and Victor Ategbole, got six votes each.

He added that Adeyeri Stephen scored three votes, John Adanike polled one vote while there were two invalid votes out of the 113 votes cast.

In a suit filed by the lawyer to the plaintiffs, A.S Subair of Femi Emmanuel Emodamori & Co., the delegates claimed that the APC did not conduct the primary that produced Adefarati as the candidate within the constituency, adding that the lawful delegates were disenfranchised as the venue of the primary was allegedly moved to Akure.

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