Akinlade’s election was nullified by the Federal High Court in Ogun state on Thursday, October 6. The court’s ruling delivered by the presiding judge, Justice O.O. Oguntoyinbo, declared as “irregular, null and void” Akinlade’s nomination by the All Progressives Congress (APC), The Nation reports.
In its verdict, the court said Akinlade did not pay for an expression of interest form, nor was he screened by APC within the time prescribed by the party in respect of the National Assembly primary poll.
Added to this, a fresh primary is to be conducted within the next 40 days to select and nominate candidates for the constituency seat in 2023, and the sacked candidate is not to take part in the exercise.
The decision came on the heels of a suit from aggrieved aspirant of the APC, Chief Michael Adebayo Adeleke, filed against the APC, Isiaq Abiodun Akinlade and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).