The governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade, has for the first time reacted to his loss at the election petitions tribunal in the state.
The politician who was addressing his party faithful’s on Monday at the APC secretariat, Leme, Abeokuta, informed that he had applied for a copy of the election petition tribunal’s judgement for a review by his legal team.
Akinlade said he appreciated, “the people of Ogun State for standing firm and steadfast against all odds, despite the fact that they were not happy with the judgement delivered by the tribunal on Saturday”.
He also took a swipe at the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC), saying, “you can buy judgement, but you cannot buy the conscience of the people.”
Akinlade added further, that; “I know all of you are not happy with the judgement delivered on Saturday, considering the pains we all went through to campaign across the length and breath of Ogun State.
“That judgement is from man and not from God. We all know this journey will be tough and rough. It isn’t a day’s journey. Let’s remain calm.
“I didn’t join this race to amass wealth; it is for the development of Ogun State and because we stand for the truth, that is why the good people of Ogun State are still standing firmly with us. Even those with them have nothing to show for it.
“I know what you are going through from them; the insult and the abuses, just be calm and eschew violence. We all know the judgment was at variance with the evidence before the tribunal. But our lawyers will review the judgement and advise us accordingly. We have applied for the judgement. The constitution of Nigeria is very clear about what we can do whenever we don’t agree with any decision.
“Thanks for your maturity. Thanks for standing against all odds. Thanks for standing for the truth,” he said.
Speaking further, Akinlade said, he, as a student of Political Science, was aware that power would come at a cost.
“I know power will come at a cost. The executive power to develop Ogun State, to empower the people, to sustain the mission to rebuild Ogun State, must all come at a cost. We are up to the task. We are not cowards.
“This is not just about me personally. It is about the people who came out to vote. I am very proud to be associated with them. They stood with us right from the day we were robbed in the primary. It takes courage and strength to have achieved what we achieved together. You can only buy judgement, but you cannot buy the people’s conscience,” he added.
Recall that after the tribunal ruling, the APC described Akinlade’s petition tabled before the tribunal as ‘lazy and shameful’.
The APC in a statement issued on Sunday in Abeokuta by the Publicity Secretary of the Caretaker Committee, Tunde Oladunjoye, said, “It is very shameful for a candidate and party that were touting to govern an educationally advanced state like Ogun”.
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