From Godwin Tsa, Abuja.

The internal Crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took another dimension, yesterday, with a suit by Senator Jimoh Ibrahim urging the Abuja division of the Federal High Court to nullify the nomination of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa as the candidate for the November governorship election.

Already Justice Iyang Ekwo has granted Jimoh’s request to have the court processes served on the governor by substituted means.

Joined as co-defendants in the suit is the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ibrahim, who represents Ondo South in the Senate, is praying the court to cancel the nomination of Aiyedatiwa as APC candidate on the ground that the April 20 primary election that produced him was unlawful.

In the suit instituted on his behalf by Chris Uche, Ibrahim, governorship aspirant who participated in the primary election alleged that the poll was marred with a lot of irregularities.

Among others, he claimed that sections 221, 228  of the 1999 Constitution  and that of 84 of the Electoral Act 2022 were grossly violated in the conduct of the disputed primary election by the APC.

He alleged that some delegates who could have voted for him at the primary election were not accredited to vote thereby making the primary election liable to be set aside and nullified.

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He is, therefore, praying the Court to bar INEC from accepting governor Aiyedatiwa as the APC governorship candidate in the coming November 16 gubernatorial election in Ondo State.

The Senator also sought an order of perpetual injunction prohibiting governor Aiyedatiwa from holding himself out or parading himself as the APC governorship candidate.

Similarly, Ibrahim wants the court to set aside the purported primary election and compel the APC to conduct a fresh one in compliance with sections 221, 228  of the 1999 Constitution and that of 84 of the Electoral Act 2022.

The aggrieved governorship aspirant prayed the Federal High Court to delist the names of the APC and Aiyedatiwa from the political parties and candidates that would participate in the gubernatorial poll.

Plaintiff further requested that APC and governor Aiyedatiwa be stripped of all rights except a fresh primary election is lawfully conducted for the purpose of nominating candidate for the governorship election.

At yesterday’s proceedings, senator Ibrahim through his lawyer moved ex-parte application for an order of substituted service of court process on Aiyedatiwa through any staff of the APC at the National Secretariat in Abuja.

The request was granted by Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo, who in a brief ruling, odered that the process in the suit be served on the Ondo State Governor through the APC.

Justice Ekwo subsequently fixed May 14 for hearing in the suit.