Court assures on swift hearing of suit filed by Abraham against Gov. Akeredolu

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Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Abuja Federal High Court, Abuja has agreed to an accelerated hearing of a suit filed by a governorship contestant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Segun Abraham, against the Ondo State governor, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, in the interest of justice.

Justice Dimgba gave the assurance as he adjourned in the suit pending the determination of an appeal on substituted service pending at the Supreme Court.

"I can assure you of accelerated hearing and due justice in this suit once the Supreme Court gives its ruling.

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"I will hear parties within a day and deliver judgment within 21 days of hearing. I want to ensure that this case leave my docket without any delay whatsoever."

Mr. Abraham is challenging the suitability of Governor Akeredolu as APC candidate in the November 26, 2016 governorship in the state.

Prof. Ojo Amupitan, counsel to Abraham had earlier informed the court of its ruling on the substituted service which was affirmed by the Court of Appeal, but that the respondents had appealed to the Supreme Court while they (plaintiffs) had also cross-appealed to the Supreme Court too.

He, however, urged the court to consider his motion which he filed on July 21, 2017 before the court went on vacation.

But counsel to Governor Akeredolu and Chief John Oyegun (1st and 3rd defendants), Mr. Murtala Abdulrasheed, urged the court to use its discretion to adjourn the case till the Supreme Court decides on the appeals.

Abraham, through an ex parte motion, prayed the court to declare the process that produced Akeredolu as the governorship candidate of APC as illegal.

The suit also sought an interim order to prevent the INEC from presenting Akeredolu as the party flag bearer pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed in the suit.


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