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Akeredolu Vs Abraham: Court Fixes April 18 For Hearing

The Federal High Court has fixed 18th of April, 2018 for the hearing of Dr. Segun Abraham’s case against Governor Akeredolu of Ondo State.

There are indications that a suit filed by an aggrieved governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Abraham, against the state governor, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, could be decided within 22 days, as an Abuja Federal High Court resumes hearing on the matter on April 18.

This followed last weekend’s ruling in favour of Abraham by the Supreme Court, in which the apex court dismissed an appeal filed by Akeredolu that Abraham could not serve him court documents in relation to the suit the latter filed, through substituted means.

The governor had earlier lost the appeal at the high court and appeal court levels.

Abraham is in court, contesting the victory of Akeredolu at the primary election, averring that the governor became the flagbearer of APC through the aid of fake party delegates, and that, he, Abraham, actually won at the shadow election and should be declared the governor of
Ondo State.

Earlier in October, 2017, the Abuja Federal High Court had resolved to speedily rule on the substantive matter filed by Abraham, “in the interest of justice.”

Presiding judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, gave the assurance as he adjourned sine die in the suit, pending the determination of the appeal on substituted service, then pending at the Supreme Court.
Justice Dimgba had said, “I can assure you of accelerated hearing and due justice in this suit once the Supreme Court gives its ruling.

“I will hear parties within a day and deliver judgement within 21 days of the hearing. I want to ensure that this case leaves my docket without any delay whatsoever.”

The Supreme Court, however, in dismissing Akeredolu’s appeal at the weekend, awarded N500, 000 in favour of Abraham.

The apex court affirmed the decision of the Appeal Court which upheld a ruling of the trial court, earlier granting leave to Abraham to serve the documents through substituted means.

Abraham is thought to be the preferred candidate of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the APC. Tinubu, who was recently appointed to reconcile APC members at loggerheads nationwide, was reportedly advised not to come to Ondo State by Akeredolu, who said there was no dispute in the state’s chapter of the party.

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