Adekunle Akinlade, the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in the last general election in Ogun State has said he would drag Governor Dapo Abiodun to the Supreme Court.
Akinlade, despite losing the legal battle at the tribunal and Appeal Court, appears not ready to let go of his hope of upturning the outcome of the March, 2019 governorship election in Ogun State.
On November 11, 2019 the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State dismissed Akinlade’s appeal challenging Abiodun’s victory.
However, Akinlade, addressing his supporters at the party secretariat in Abeokuta on Saturday said he still has firm hope in Nigeria’s legal system not minding the two previous rulings that failed to favour him.
He said his plans to pursue the matter to the Supreme Court was decided by elders and leaders across the state and that his counsel has studied the reasons alluded by the Court of Appeal for upholding the rulings of the election tribunal.
He told the party faithful, “As you all know, we rightfully decided to challenge the governorship election result of March 9th, 2019. Subsequently, the Election Petition Tribunal and Court of Appeal dismissed our petition on the grounds that the cornerstone of our case was a pre-election matter thus, status bar.
“Our conviction and belief in the legal system remain unshaken despite the two previous judgments. Yesterday, the 15th of November, 2019, elders and leaders across the state met and unanimously agreed that we must approach the Supreme Court to test the strength of our case.
“Our counsel has studied the reasons alluded to by the Court of Appeal for upholding the rulings of the lower court (election tribunal) and advised us accordingly.
” I therefore, state that we shall be approaching the Supreme Court for justice.”
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