APM rejects newly reconstituted election petition tribunal in Ogun

APM rejects newly reconstituted election petition tribunal in Ogun

- The Allied People’s Movement has kicked against the newly constituted Ogun state governorship election petition tribunal

- The party alleged that the dismissal of the initial panel was targeted at frustrating its petition against the victory of Dapo Abiodun of APC in the last governorship poll in the state

- The returning officer for the poll, Idowu Olayinka, said Abiodun beat his closest rival, Adekunle Akinlade of the APM who came second with 222,153 votes

The Allied Peoples Movement (APM) said it has filed a petition before the president of the appeal court, Justice Zainub Bulkachuwa, against the reconstituted Ogun governorship election petition tribunal.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APM national chairman, Yusuf Dantalle, disclosed this on Monday, April 29, at a news briefing in Abeokuta.

The APM had challenged the victory of Dapo Abiodun, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the March 9 governorship polls in the state before the Justice Chinwe Onyeabo-led Ogun governorsbip election petition panel.

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The Justice Chinwe Onyeabo-led panel had, however, been reportedly replaced with the Justice Josphine Coker- led team, following reshufflement of tribunal panels across the country by Bulkachuwa

Dantalle who kicked against disbandment of the Onyeabo Panel described the development as “premeditated and unacceptable”.

He alleged that the dismissal of the initial panel was targeted at frustrating the petition of APM against the emergence of Abiodun of the APC.

Dantalle hinged APM’s rejection of the newly constituted panel on the close relationship between Coker and vice president Yemi Osinbajo and Senator Bola Tinubu, whom he described as stakeholders in the ongoing petition at the tribunal.

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According to him, Coker was appointed the chief judge of Lagos state during the tenure of Tinubu as the governor of the state while Osinbajo was the state Attorney -General/Commissioner for Justice.

He, therefore, urged Bulkachuwa to disband the newly constituted panel led by Coker and reconstitute a new one in the interest of justice.

Legit.ng had reported that the INEC declared Dapo Abiodun, the candidate of the APC, winner of Saturday’s governorship polls in Ogun state.

The state returning officer for the governorship poll, Idowu Olayinka, announced in Abeokuta at about 12.45am on Monday, March 11, that Abiodun scored a total of 241,670 votes to clinch victory.

Olayinka, who is Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, explained that Abiodun beat his closest rival, Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) who came second with 222,153 votes.

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