Ondo senator sues ex deputy governor

The senator representing the Ondo South district, Nicholas Tofowomo, has sued a former Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi at the Federal High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital, asking for the latter’s disqualification.

 

The former deputy governor defeated the senator at the last senatorial primary of the Peoples Democratic Party, held in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state in May.

 

In the primary supervised by the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Tofowomo scored 74 votes behind Ajayi, who scored 78 votes to become the candidate of the party in the district.

 

Not satisfied with the process, Tofowomo approached the court to challenge the academic qualifications of the PDP senatorial candidate.

 

Apart from Ajayi who is the first defendant, the PDP and the INEC were also joined in the suit as second and third defendants respectively.

 

In a suit number, FHC/CS/AK/ 83 /2022 filed on Tuesday July 5, 2022, by the plaintiff’s lawyer, Mr Femi Emodamori, the senator said Ajayi did not meet the constitutional requirements for contesting the 2023 general election as contained in the interpretation and application of Section 66(1)(i) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Section 29(5) & (6) of the Electoral Act, 2022 as well as other relevant laws.

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