BY OLUMIDE ABUDU
The Federal High Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State capital has ordered fresh conduct of primary election into the Akoko SouthEast/South-West Federal Constituency of the All Progressives Congress APC within Seven days and so so on.
The Presiding judge, Justice Demi Ajayi gave the order in a consented judgment agreed to by all parties involved.
Justice Ajayi in the judgement noted that the All Progressives congress and other defendants in their defence to the action cited security reasons for the relocation of the venue of their primaries to the Dome in Akure, Akure South Local Government.
The judgment adds that in the overall interest of the APC, the Plaintiff , Dr Babatunde Adaniken on one part and the APC as well as other Defendants, namely National Chairman APC
National Legal Adviser APC
Mr Ade Adetimehin State APC
INEC and Mr Gboyega Adefarati
on the other part have now agreed to settle this suit out of court and have now agreed to the Terms of Settlement herein set out.
The court affirmed that It was agreed between the Adaniken on the one part and the APC and other Defendants, on the other part that the present Suit as constituted be discontinued in the interest of the party.
It is further agreed that, the All Progressives Congress APC, shall within 7 days from the date of pronouncing this terms of Settlement as the judgment of this court in this suit or so soon thereafter, write officially to inform the INEC of its readiness to conduct a fresh APC’s primaries for the Akoko South-East and South-West Fedetal Constituency at the approved venue of the primaries, being St. Patrick’s Secondary School, lwaro-Oka, Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State within the Federal Constituency.
The judgment adds that APC shall invite the appropriate officers of the INEC to monitor the proposed fresh primaries for Akoko South East/Akoko South West Federal Constituency.
The terms were agreed upon as the judgment of the Honourable Court in the suit by all parties while they bear their respective costs.
Speaking on the judgment, the Plaintiff, Dr Babatunde Adaniken expressed satisfaction describing the judiciary as the last hope of the common man.
All efforts to reach the defendants were unsuccessful.