To many unsuspecting members of the public, the Supreme Court ruling on Friday, 23rd March, 2018 marked the end of the legal process initiated by Mr Segun Abraham. No! In effect, it simply means that the process just about to commence.
Akeredolu had, by the appeal, challenged a July 20017 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which upheld an order by a Federal High Court in Abuja, granting permission to Olusegun Abraham to serve Akeredolu through substituted means, court documents in relation to the suit he (Abraham) filed. Abraham’s suit is challenging the outcome of the primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which produced Akeredolu as the party’s candidate for the last governorship election in Ondo State.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Segun Ajiboye which reads as follows throws more light on it and assures the people that there’s no cause for alarm:
“Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has assured the people of the state that there is no cause for alarm over the supreme Court ruling which dismissed the appeal filed by him.
“He describes the ruling as a non-issue. The governor asks the peace-loving people to dismiss the ruling, adding that it is nothing to worry about and advised them to continue to support his administration in its determination to develop the state.
“What the Supreme court ruled on was whether the service of the Originating Process on the APC secretariat in Abuja, instead of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, was right or not.
“At best, the ruling only succeeded in correcting Abraham to serve Akeredolu through substituted means in relation to the suit he (Abraham) filed.
“Governor Akeredolu, therefore, wants to state equivocally that there is no cause for alarm over the ruling delivered by the Supreme Court”
Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN remains the Governor of Ondo State.