Government & Politics

APC Slams Accusation Against Ondo State Governor

All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State yesterday criticised a statement by the Segun Abraham camp, alleging that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was attempting to frustrate a matter pending at an Abuja Federal High Court.

Abraham challenged the declaration of Akeredolu as winner of the 2016 APC primary through technicalities, particularly on the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case.

A statement by APC’s Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro, said: “It is pertinent that we draw the attention of Nigerians to the strategy applied by Abraham’s loyalists to hoodwink those following the case.

“Having gone through their claimed evidence, the reality has dawned on them that it was not sufficient to make the court grant him (Abraham) his prayers.

“However, they sought to save him from the monumental disgrace that awaits him on the judgment day and the effect of this on his political career.

“They have resorted to preparing a soft landing for him.”

The statement added: “As far as we (APC) are concerned, there is nothing wrong with such a strategy. But it is tragic to blackmail the judiciary to achieve this goal.

“They decided to hit the respondent (Akeredolu), in order to hit the judiciary by raising frivolous allegations that can only come from the pit of hell.

“It is clear that the veracity of the matter is in Akeredolu’s favour. So why would he want to manipulate the judgment?”

It noted that the governor is a human rights activist and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who respects and upholds the sanctity and rule of law.

The statement lamented that “these individuals have resorted to insulting the judiciary by coming up with this frivolous allegation, as if the judiciary is a tomato and pepper market where you buy and sell.”

It said: “Whether these confusionists believe it or not, our judiciary remains one of the best in the world.

“Why should these people be crying wolf where there is none? They are jittery because they know the matter they took to court is only awaiting official nullification, because it lacks substance.

“These individuals went on social media to misinterpret the verdict of the Supreme Court, which gave the lower court the go-ahead to hear the case, thereby giving Akeredolu a right to open his case and set the record straight.”

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