- The battle for the soul of Ogun state is still on days after the governorship election
- The governorship candidate of the APM, Adekunle Akinlade, is heading to the elections petition tribunal
- INEC had declared Dapo Abiodun of the APC as the winner of the poll
Adekunle Akinlade, the governorship aspirant of Allied People’s Movement (APM) in Ogun state, is heading to the elections petition tribunal.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the poll.
Akinlade polled 222,153 votes as against APC’s Abiodun, who scored 241,670 votes in the keenly contest election.
Speaking through a press statement signed and released by his media aide, Azeez Adelani, APM’s Akinlade declared his intent to approach the tribunal to challenge Abiodun’s victory in addition to his planned correspondence to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osibajo for possible intervention and protection of his constitutional rights.
Akinlade stated that he had directed his legal team to rally US, UK, EU and international organization to deploy their observers to Ogun state in order to be able to follow and record proceedings at the Election Petitions Tribunal.
He also alleged that, “Dapo Abiodun was quoted of boasting that ‘federal might’ will be deployed to undermine the tribunal judgement regardless of how credible the APM evidence is.”
Part of the statement read: “They stole our APC mandate at the guber primaries on 2nd of October 2018. They brought in armed uniformed men on the night of March 9th 2019, to manipulate and substitute election results, arrest and send APM agents away from collation centres to achieve their plans to rig the election.
“I will formally write Mr. President (H. E. Muhammad Buhari) and Prof. Yemi Oshibajo (VP) on the need to protect my constitutional rights as a supportive citizen who openly endorsed their candidatures and mobilized votes for them during the just concluded Presidential election.
“I have directed my legal team to write the US, UK, EU and other international organisations to send independent observers to monitor the Ogun guber tribunal case because any attempt by anyone or group to manipulate or buy judgement, no matter how highly placed, will be resisted with all means possible.
“I therefore, call on the good people of Ogun state to remain calm and resolute while promising to restore their mandate and put smiles on their faces no matter the cost.”
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Meanwhile, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room) has called for an independent inquiry into the conduct of 2019 general elections.
The group made the call at a press conference addressed by its convener, Mr. Clement Nwankwo on Sunday, March 10.
The group said the inquiry should address many issues that have bedeviled the conduct of the polls including procurement, logistics management, role of the military and abuse of process by INEC officials amongst others.
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