ABEOKUTA – A political group under the auspices of League of Registered Political Parties, Ogun State Chapter has urged the state election tribunal to dismiss the petition of the Allied People’s Movement filed against the emergence of Prince Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor – elect in the last governorship election held in the state.
In a response to APM’s petition signed by eleven different political parties’ Chairmen in the state and dated 3rd May, 2019, the group had asked the tribunal to ignore the petition describing it as “not only frivolous, but also muck-raising against individuals who have diligently served, and are serving their fatherland in different capacities without blemish”.
The group maintained that considering the petition judging from the actions and body language of the petitioner (APM and its candidate) would amount to “subjecting the judiciary to the whims and caprices of politicians”, stating unequivocally that they had faith in the new Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in the state.
See full details of the statement as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG;
May 03, 2019.
Court of Appeal
Re : PETITION TO YOUR LORDSHIP BY THE ALLIED PEOPLES MOVEMENT
We write as registered political parties in Ogun State that participated in the last governorship election held on March 9, 2019, and in respect of a petition to Your Lordship by the Allied People’s Movement (APM), dated 29th April, 2019.
Going through the petition, which was severally copied to the press and the social media by the APM, we realised that there was no logical point on which the defeated party, APM, anchored the said petition as it was not only frivolous, but also muck-raising against individuals who have diligently served, and are serving their fatherland in different capacities without blemish.
The recourse to a press conference by the APM to announce the so-called petition, after submitting to your Lordship, and even while your Lordship was yet to decide on the petition, depicts of a party desperate to blackmail the judiciary to suit the intents and purposes of its executive pay-master in Ogun State.
Your Lordship, it is beyond doubt, and clear to the layman, that the Governor of a State, or the Vice President, has no power to appoint a judge, as that is vested in the National Judicial Commission.
Furthermore, last reorganization or posting of Judges handling election petitions was carried out not only in Ogun State, but also in different parts of the Federation. Imagine if every party at the elections petition tribunals all over the country will come up with one flimsy excuse or the other as we have seen in the case of APM in Ogun State.
The petition of APM is not only malicious, but also dubious, especially when the well known sponsor of APM in Ogun State has been boasting of being in control of the Judiciary with a war-chest of N1 billion to spend.
We state categorically that it has never occurred in the annals of governorship election in Nigeria, especially in Ogun State, where candidates of other parties in the same election, will congratulate, visit and agreed to work with the winner of the election, as we have seen in the case of Prince Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC), after he emerged winner of the March 9, 2019 Governorship election in Ogun State.
We urge you to disregard the petition by the APM in order not to subject the judiciary to the whims and caprices of politicians.
We have faith in the new Governorship Election Petition Tribunal In Ogun State.
Thank you Your Lordship.
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Recall that Prince Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress won the March 19 Gubernatorial election held in the state by defeating his closest rival and outgoing governor Ibikunle Amosun’s favoured candidate, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade with a total votes of 241,670 to Akinlade’s 222,253.
See full breakdown of final results as announced by the INEC’s Returning Officer for the State, Prof. Abdulganiy Raji;
Egbado North LG(11wards)
Registered voters: 117,257
Accredited voters: 44,402
Total Valid Votes: 42,864
Total Rejected Votes: 1,509
Total Votes Cast:44,373
Cancellation-Idiyin ward for Over voting
Ipokia LG(12 wards)
Registered voters: 113,403
Accredited voters: 47,228
Total Valid votes: 46,152
Total Rejected Votes: 1053
Total vote cast:47,205
Ijebu North (11wards)
Registered voters: 119,902
Accredited voters: 43,825
Total Valid votes: 42,824
Total rejected votes: 985
Total vote cast: 43,809
Registered voters: 221,698
Accredited voters: 47,412
Total Valid votes: 45,428
Total rejected votes: 1783
Total vote cast: 47,211
ADO-ODO OTA LG
Registered Voters: 324,129
Accredited Voters: 80,800
Valid Votes: 72,490
Void Votes: 3,180
Total Votes Cast: 75,670
Total Results of the twenty local government.
APC – 241,670
APM – 222,253
ADC – 98,381
PDP – 70,292