OrderPaperToday – The Court of Appeal sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sustained the election of Sen. Fatimat Raji Rasaki (PDP, Ekiti) winner of the Ekiti central senatorial primary.
Rasaki’s opponent in the primary, Lateef Ajijola had gone to the court to oppose the validity of the result of the People’s Democratic Party’s primary for the senatorial district elections that took place in the April 11, 2015.
According to Ajijola, he won the majority of the valid votes cast at the primary hence he should have been fielded as the candidate of the party for the main election.
However, a three-man panel court led by Justice Ahmad Belgore on Wednesday dismissed the appeal on the ground that it was statute-barred having been filed outside the time allowed by law.
The court stated that it could not deliberate on the matter because the time frame for filing the Originating summons had lapsed when it was instituted at the High Court.