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Less than 48hours to tomorrow’s local government election, an Ondo state High Court sitting in Akure yesterday annulled the emergence of Bolawaji Ekun as the councillorship candidate to represent the All Progressive Congress (APC) for ward 5, Ipe- Akoko in Akoko Southwest local government of the state.
The judgement was made in a suit between Daodu Adeniyi Olasunkanmi versus All progressive congress (APC) numbered Ak-38-2020.
The claimant’s lawyer Adesanmi Afolabi prayed the court to grant the claimant leave to contest as the rightful candidate for the party in ward 5 Ipe- Akoko.
Justice Samuel Bola who annulled the election of Boluwaji Ekun, granted the claim of Daodu Adeniyi Olasunkanmi as the valid candidate to represent APC as its councillorship candidate for ward 5, Ipe Akoko in the local government election scheduled to hold on Saturday.
The judge said the primary election that produced Boluwaji Ekun was not in compliance with the constitution of the party.
COUNCIL POLL: SDP CANDIDATE BACKS APC IN ESE-ODO
Ahead of Saturday’s council election in Ondo State, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Engr. Gbenga Iji, has withdrawn from the race.
Iji, who was accompanied by the Director-general of his campaign Organisation, Engr. Adadire Cosmos, declared support for the All Progressives Congress (AP”C) candidate, Hon. Folawe Sipasi-Aluko.
Iji announced his withdrawal on Thursday at the APC secretariat in Akure, Ondo State capital, citing the sterling performance of the APC-led government, and popularity of Aluko in the local government area as his reason.
He commended the ruling party for being accommodating and conscious of the yearnings of the people. “You have been very tolerant and civil in you approach to electoral matters”, he added.
Responding, the APC State Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, applauded the courage of the SDP candidate, and assured him that he would not regret his action.
Adetimehin said the APC put forward some of it’s best materials, in terms of political experience and exposure, so that they, upon election, could add value to their various localities.
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20th August, 2020.