OGUN 2019: Political Parties Urge Tribunal to dismiss APM’s Petition Against Dapo Abiodun’s Election

John Izabi, 

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.

Your Lordship
The President
Court of Appeal
Abuja.

Your Lordship,

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.

Party. Name. Position. Signature Tel

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

ADC: 17,046

APC: 7,742

APM: 12,208

PDP: 1590

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

ADC:3,334

APC: 12,890

APM: 26,491

PDP: 1846

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

ADC: 1189

APC:10,574

APM: 7477

PDP: 21,851

Total Valid votes: 42,824

Total rejected votes: 985

Total vote cast: 43,809

Ifo LG

Registered voters: 221,698

Accredited voters: 47,412

ADC:7260

APC: 15,642

APM: 17,614

PDP: 2684

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

ADC: 12,699

ADP: 516

APC: 24,838

APM: 27,859

PDP: 3,575

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

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