Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 November 2012

Nigeria: ACN, AP Seek Nullification of Mimiko's Election

Akure — The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and its governorship candidate in the October 20 governorship election in Ondo State Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu yesterday filed a petition challenging the re-election of Olusegun Mimiko.

ACN and Akeredolu are both praying the Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Akure, Ondo state to nullify the declaration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko as the winner of the election.

They are basing their posing on the ground that the Labour Party Candidate Mimiko was not duly elected by a majority of lawful votes cast at the October 20 election. The ACN and its candidate are expected to produce 117 witnesses to prosecute their case.

Speaking with journalists after the submission of the petition, one of the counsels to the petitioner, Barrister Adekola Olawoye said both Akeredolu and ACN are ready for the suit with overwhelming evidences.

Respondents in the suit are INEC, Labour Party and Olusegun Mimiko.

In a related development, the governorship candidate of Accord Party in the Ondo election Mr James Olawale Ojo also filed a petition before the tribunal over what he termed as exclusion of name by INEC.

Olawale is praying the tribunal to nullify the declaration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko as the winner of the election.

In a 22 paragraph petition filed by his Lawyers Micheal Lana, Victor Olatoyegun and Titiloye Charles, the petitioner prayed the court to order a fresh election wherein he will be allowed to participate.

He averred that he was duly nominated by his party and filed his nomination before INEC after a successful primary of the party witnessed by INEC officials.

He noted that despite the court action he instituted at Federal High Court to compel INEC to include his name among governorship candidates, INEC refused to include his name and went ahead to conduct the election.

Weekly Trust reports that the Accord Party petition is the first to be filed and has INEC, LP and Mimiko as respondents.

The Peoples Democratic Party Action Congress of Nigeria are expected to file their petition also.

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