Court Declines To Remove Ajimobi's Name From INEC List

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The Federal High Court in Ibadan, on Wednesday declined to grant a request for INEC to delist Sen. Abiola Ajimobi as Oyo State ACN governorship candidate in April elections.

Justice Johnson Shakarho, in his short ruling, emphasised that the court was not ready to restrain anybody as applications before it would be taken together.

Shakarho also observed that since INEC was yet to file its counter motion to the motions on ground, there was no way the court could take the matter piecemeal.

The judge urged counsel to both parties to agree on a date for the hearing of the applications and for INEC to file its papers.

He then adjourned hearing in the applications to Feb. 24.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that three ACN governorship aspirants in the state had asked the court to declare the “nomination or selection” of Ajimobi as “null and void.”

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The aspirants were Profs. Wale Oyemakinde, Wole Akinboade and Mr Soji Akanbi.

The suit, filed on their behalf by Mr Olalekan Ojo, listed Ajimobi as the first defendant and ACN and INEC as the second and third defendants respectively.

Mr Biodun Amole, counsel to Ajimobi and the ACN, told the court that there was no basis for it to restrain the ACN governorship candidate.

He added that Ajimobi’s name had been submitted to INEC, hence there was nothing to restrain.

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