The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo State has granted victory to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo North Senatorial District for the 2023 elections, Pastor Jide Ipinsagba in the suit filed against him by one of the party's aspirants, Chief Alex Ajipe.
It will be recalled that Ajipe had faulted the primary election that produced Ipinsagba as the party's senatorial candidate for Ondo North on the basis of delegates’ legitimacy.
Delivering judgment on the matter on Tuesday, the appellate court, presided over by Justice A.O. Lokulo-Sodipe, struck out the case on technical grounds.
The panel members, Justice C. I. Jombo Ofo, Justice Y.A. Bashir and Justice A.O. Lokulo-Sodipe also fined the appellant the sum of N500,000 for wasting the court's time.
Speaking after the judgment, Pastor Ipinsagba expressed joy over outcome of the court case, which vindicated his candidacy, adding that it is a victory for the APC and the people of Ondo North Senatorial District, who look-up to him to offer them quality representation in 2023.
He urged his opponents at the primary and their supporters, who may still be aggrieved by his victory, to sheath their swords and join hands with him for the APC to go into the 2023 elections, as a united and formidable front.