The Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal strikes out application of Allied Peoples Movement candidate, Hon. Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade seeking disqualification of Governor Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on grounds of submitting false academic qualification.
The tribunal ruled that Akinlade “did not only failed, but also irredeemably failed to prove” his case against Abiodun.
The Justice Yusuf Halilu led tribunal ruled that the petitioner cannot resurrect the academic qualification issue in Abiodun sworn affidavit because the Appeal court has laid it to rest.
The Tribunal also stated that it would stand by the the Appellate court decision, adding that the Petitioner also filed the application outside the window of time allowed.
Justice Halilu held that Akinlade’s petition ” is destined to fail, it failed and is hereby dismissed.”
He went further to say that the court has no reason to alter outcome of the March 9 governorship election in Ogun State as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) .
Reacting to the tribunal’s judgement, Abiodun stated that his victory is a validation of the people’s choice of him to serve the State.
He stated this via his official twitter handle @ @dabiodunMFR .
He wrote: Our victory at the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal is a victory of the rule of law. It is a validation of the people’s choice of me to serve the State by giving quality governance.
Our victory at the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal is a victory of the rule of law. It is a validation of the people's choice of me to serve the State by giving quality governance. pic.twitter.com/gNPopxzffk— Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun – MFR (@dabiodunMFR) September 14, 2019