ABEOKUTA – Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has hailed the Supreme Court verdict upholding his election in the March 9 gubernatorial election in the State.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin in Abeokuta, the Governor described the verdict as not only a victory for the people, but for democracy, the judiciary and an attestation to the awesomeness of God.
The Governor said the outcome justifies popular belief that there was no reason for the election matter to have gone to the Supreme Court in the first instance.
He therefore congratulated the good people of Ogun State, the All Progressives Congress and indeed all other parties that have shown support and solidarity for his administration, despite fielding candidates in the same election.
He assured the people of the State that their exemplary goodwill and demonstration of love during the period of litigation is reciprocated with more projects that will give meaning to his avowed stand on delivering the dividends of democracy to them without discrimination.
“The statement added that Prince Abiodun has justified the confidence reposed in him by executing projects and programmes that validate his Building Our Future Together Agenda and that has ushered in a new era of progressive and inclusive growth for the State.
“With the ruling of the Supreme Court, which has finally laid to rest all concerns about the Governor and the propriety of his election, we once again extend our hands of fellowship to the APM and indeed all other parties to join hands with Prince Abiodun to move Ogun State to the next level of development.
“Democracy is about people and the voice of the people is definitely the voice of God. Now that the court issues have been conclusively dealt with, the Dapo Abiodun-led APC government will be continue to focus on activities that will lift majority of our people out of poverty, develop public infrastructure and our human capita needs, as well as and make life more meaningful for citizens, visitors and residents of the State.”
Meanwhile, APC youths league in the State has described the victory of Governor Abiodun at the Supreme Court as a testimony of God’s awesomeness.
The youths in a press statement signed by its Coordinator, Olamide Lawal said the judgement was a further confirmation of the massive votes freely given to the governor by the electorate.
The league observed that the Verdict of the Supreme Court has not only justified the trust reposed in the Governor on the ninth of March this year during the 2019 Governorship election but has also validated the judgement of the Ibadan Appeal court verdict in November.
They said the Nigerian Judiciary has also convinced the entire world that it is just, unbaised, fair and reliable.
“We want to restate our unflinching support for Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun identifies with the youths in the state.
“He further proved this by appointing a 36-year old as a Commissioner designate in the State Executive Council.
“The Supreme Court verdict has finally put to rest, all issues of litigations that ought to naturally distract Mr Governor but which he did not allow.”
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier declared Prince Abiodun as duy elected governor of the state after polling a total of 241,670 votes against his closest rival, Adekunle Akinlade, of Allied Peoples Movement (APM), who scored 222,153 votes.