Breaking: Jubilation In Ogun Over Dapo Abiodun’s Victory at the Election Tribunal

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Breaking: Jubilation In Ogun Over Dapo Abiodun’s Victory at the Election Tribunal

Breaking: Jubilation In Ogun Over Dapo Abiodun’s Victory at the Election Tribunal
September 14
15:18 2019

*Rules Akinlade irredeemably, woefully failed to prove his case

Massive jubilation and dancing erupted at Isabo and spread to other parts of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, as the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal led by Justice Yusuf Halilu affirmed the victory of Governor Dapo Abiodun in the March 9, gubernatorial election in the state.

The jubilant are supporters of Dapo Abiodun and members of the All Progressives Congress(APC) who since morning surged into Isabo, waiting for the outcome of the petition.

In affirming Abiodun’s victory, the tribunal declared that the petitioner, Hon. Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied People’s Movement (APM) “did not only failed, but also irredeemably failed to prove” his case against Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress(APC).

The Tribunal chairman, Justice Yusuf Halilu held that Akinlade’s petition ” is destined to fail, it failed and is hereby dismissed.”

He added that Abiodun was duly elected by virtue of scoring the highest number of valid votes cast by the voters and declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying the Tribunal concur with it and has no reason whatsoever to tinker with the outcome of the March 9 governorship election in Ogun State.

 Governor of Ogun State,  Prince Dapo Abiodun, has described the judgement by the Ogun State Governorship  Election Petition Tribunal as the triumph of rule of law; victory for democracy and  further validation of the mandate bestowed on him at the polls.
The Governor said he remained magnanimous in victory and extended, once again, a hand of fellowship to all opposition elements in the State and called on the opposition Allied Peoples Movement (APM) to forget about 2019 gubernatorial elections and join hand with his government on its *Building* *Our* *Future* *Together*  agenda.
He advised that rather than dissipating energy and resources on litigation, they should  either negotiate their return to  the All Progressives Congress (APC) where they were or start preparing for 2023 elections.
“Opposition strengthens democracy and I appreciate the fact that he went to the Tribunal in exercise of his constitutional rights.  The Tribunal has validated the mandate freely given to us by the masses at the polls.
“The candidate and all members of APM and indeed members of other parties are free to  join APC. Those who are still aggrieved should learn that democracy is about majority rule. The people have spoken and the Tribunal has validated their choice of me. Anybody who feels otherwise should start preparing for 2023”
Gov Abiodun thanked the people of Ogun State for their support and solidarity,  promising that he would not take their mandate for granted as he would continue to work towards enhancing the people’s welfare, peace and prosperity of the State.
He thanked the judiciary for the painstaking efforts and fair and lucid judgement which has further strengthened the nation’s democracy and enriched the jurisprudence.
Gov Abiodun eulogised his legal team led by Prof Taiwo Osipitan (SAN) for their demonstration of depth, dedication and brilliance and applauded the support of the APC leadership in Ogun State for the solidarity, love and firm commitment to the course of justice.
He assured the people of his Administration’s commitment to providing a focused and on qualitative  governance anchored on fairness, equity and inclusiveness.

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