Supreme Court ruling: Akeredolu remains Governor – ODSG, APC
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has assured the people of the state that there is no cause for alarm over the Supreme Court ruling which dismissed the appeal filed by him.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Segun Ajiboye the Governor described the ruling “as a non-issue.”
The governor asked the peace-loving people to dismiss the ruling, adding that it is nothing to worry about and advised them to continue to support his administration in its determination to develop the state.
“What the Supreme court ruled on was whether the service of the Originating Process on the APC secretariat in Abuja, instead of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, was right or not.”
“At best, the ruling only succeeded in correcting Abraham to serve Akeredolu through substituted means in relation to the suit he (Abraham) filed.”
Governor Akeredolu, therefore, stated unequivocally that there is no cause for alarm over the ruling delivered by the Supreme Court.
In the same vein, All Progressive Congress, APC Ondo State has warned people to desist from misinterpreting the Supreme Court ruling of last Friday as outright removal of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
In a statement signed by the Ondo State Director of Media and Publicity of the party, Mr Steve Otaloro, the party said the ruling is to allow the commencement of the case filed by Dr Olusegun Abraham
“We have read the verdict of the Supreme Court to allow the commencement of the hearing of a case filed by one of the aspirants who participated in the 2016 All Progressives Congress(APC) governorship primary in Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Abraham on the outcome of the primary in the court of law.
It has come to our notice that some political almajiris and confusionists have started misinterpreting the apex court’s verdict as outright removal of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu from office and to be replaced with the applicant, Abraham.
It’s unfortunate that this group of people decided to confuse members of our party and the good people of Ondo State in favour of their leader. Without prejudice to the judgement handed down by the Supreme Court, every member of APC is convinced that the primary was free, fair and transparent.
It is established that the authentic party register was used at the primary, which was adjudged free, fair and acceptable by the party which would still form the basis for the application of the plaintiff.
However, we want to urge all members of our party to remain calm and refused to be confused on the court verdict, which is a mere permission to begin the hearing of the case itself.
It is pertinent to let our members and people of Ondo State to know that the governor is unperturbed being a legal luminary who understands that the Supreme Court verdict only permits him to open up his defence and put the record straight.
The veracity of the matter is largely on his (Akeredolu) side considering the avalanche of evidence in his (Akeredolu) favour.
Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s character, popularity and conviction on the fair conduct of the primary prompted other contestants in the primary to congratulate him when he was declared winner.
It is also clear that the apex court’s verdict is a sheer approval to commence hearing of a case that has not begun.
Nevertheless, Abraham is currently alone on this legal journey as all other contestants in the primary have been working towards strengthening the party, while the national leadership of the party as well as our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu are already working with Arakunrin Akeredolu and our party (APC) for successful implementation of all his people-oriented programmes.
Considering the current unity among members of the party, Abraham is standing alone in his illusion, trying to whip up a dead horse.”