The governor-elect of Ogun State Dapo Abiodun has been accused by the Akinlade Mandate Group (AMG) of frustrating their efforts at contesting the validity of his victory at the governorship polls.
Adeolu Adekoya, the Publicity Secretary of the AMG in a statement said Abiodun and other members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) have put a machinery in place to stall the suit challenging their victory in court.
The group said; “We have observed that Prince Dapo Abiodun and the APC are trying to halt a process constitutionally applicable for us to fight our case via the tribunal and the judicial system”, it read.
“They have deliberately avoided appearing at the tribunal twice (1st and 9th April, 2019), feigning ignorance and giving excuses not to appear at both times.
“Our very simple question is: If the party and their candidate are already not jittery and busy looking for means to cover up their misdeeds; if their acclaimed victory is gotten through a free and fair election process, why not allow the proceedings at the tribunal go on smoothly?
“We shall not be discouraged by such flimsy acts, but instead stand our grounds to ensure that justice is done and at the appropriate time too.
“The next sitting of the tribunal has been scheduled for Monday, 15th April, 2019. We shall be willing to have the answers to our questions.
“We restate our commitment to continually take all necessary steps as well as monitor all processes and proceedings to ensure that the mandate freely given to Hon Adekunle Akinlade of the APM by the good people of Ogun State in the last Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections through the ballot is gotten back,” they added.
Akinlade was the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in the last governorship election in Ogun State.
In the election, Abiodun got 241,670 votes, while his closest rival, Akinlade, polled 222,153.
According to the results announced by INEC, Gboyega Isiaka of African Democratic Congress (ADC) got 110,422 votes, Buruji Kashamu of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got 70,290 votes, while Dimeji Bankole of Action Democratic Party (ADP) polled 9,666.
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