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A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress(APC) for the 2022 election in Ekiti State, Kayode Ojo, has renewed his bid to replace the governor-elect of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji.

He is in a federal High court in Abuja, praying it to declare him as the rightful candidate of the APC for the June 18 governorship election.

Biodun Oyebanji was declared winner of the June 18 governorship election and has since received the Certificate of Return as the governor-elect of Ekiti State.

Mr Oyebanji was elected candidate of the party in the January 27 primaries in Ado Ekiti ahead of Mr Ojo, who came second during the exercise.

Mr Ojo is however in court to challenge the result of the primaries, saying he was the duly elected candidate of the party.

In a suit number FHC/ABJ/C5/15/2022, and filed by his Counsel, Olaniyan Bolanle, Mr Ojo challenged what he termed “gross irregularities” during the APC gubernatorial primary election of the party.

Joined in the suit are: APC, Ekiti , Biodun Oyebanji, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all the chairmen of the local governments election committtee / returning officers, who are known supporters of the second defendants, but were constituted to conduct the primary.

In his prayers, Mr Ojo stated that the decision of the party to conduct the primary election with the use of political appointees of the state executive as electoral committee/ retuning officers constituted an irregularity and fundamental non-compliance with the party guidelines regulating the conduct of the said party primaries, the Electoral Act and was therefore void and of no effect.

He equally prayed the court to set aside the party gubernatorial primary conducted on the 27th of January 2022 on the grounds of constitutional infraction and flagrant infringement on guidelines and the 1999 constitution and ordering the conduct of fresh primary by the party.

Other prayers by the plaintiff is the cancellation of the votes irregularly and fraudulently recorded for Biodun Oyebanji during the primary on the ground that the governor elect had run foul of the provisions of the APC constitution and the guidelines regulating the conduct of the party primaries.

He urged the court to declare him (Kayode Ojo) as the winner of the primary being the candidate with the next highest declared votes.

The plaintiff also sought an order of injunction restraining the INEC from recognising Oyebanji as the gubernatorial candidate of the party in the 2022 Ekiti State gubernatorial election and restraining him or any other persons or authorities or government as the candidate for the APC for the Ekiti State gubernatorial election conducted in June 2022.

The case, was however, transferred to a federal high court in Ado-Ekiti before Justice Babs Kuewunmi.

While being led in evidence by the lead counsel, Alex Izinyon, on Friday, the plaintiff along with one other witness gave their testimony and were cross examined by the defense.

Although he had closed his case, the proceedings suffered a hitch as the defence failed to open its case due to lack of preparation.

The defense counsel, Kareem Akingbolu, in the circumstance applied for an extension of time for him to file his defence.

Mr Izinyon told the court that he was opposed to the application by the defence for an extension.

He argued that since the order of court to publish the writ of summons was carried out on March 21, 2022, the defence ought to have filed their reply within 30 days which lapsed on April 21, 2022.

Mr Izinyon asked for leave of the court to reply formally to the application made by the defence for an extension of time.

The case was then adjourned till Monday, July 25, 2022 for the continuation of the trial.

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