A'Court Verdict: Don't celebrate yet, Adebutu tells Ogun government

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate for governor of Ogun State, Oladipupo Adebutu, on Saturday said the divided judgment of the Court of Appeal on the state governorship election delivered yesterday in Lagos has improved his chances of winning his to recover “stolen”. mandate.”

This was disclosed by Adebutu in a statement signed by Afolabi, the Media Director of the Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organisation.

Justice Jane Inyang, however, ordered a rerun in 92 polling stations and criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission for declaring Abiodun the winner of the gubernatorial election even as Justices JS Ikyegh and Muhammad Mustapha at the Court of Appeal upheld the Electoral Court decision. , who had earlier confirmed Abiodun's election.

Adebutu said that after receiving the judgment of the Court of Appeal on the governorship election of Ogun State on Friday in Lagos, we were pleased to see that real justice is on its way and the hope of reclaiming the mandate of the good people of Ogun State is getting closer. ”

He added: “The appellate judgment which can be described as the road to victory was resolved unanimously, five out of eight issues in our favor, only one issue in favor of the respondents (Dapo Abiodun and APC), while the other two issues were resolved amicably. ratio two to one.”

Adebutu said he was particularly pleased that the Court of Appeal heard the case on its merits, unlike the Election Petition Tribunal, which dismissed his solid case against Abiodun and his ruling party, APC, on mere technicalities.

The statement reads in part: “We are indeed happy and hopeful that the higher level judiciary is gradually considering the merits of the petition, unlike the lower court which chose to address technicalities rather than the merits. It is clear that this human decision has no place in our constitutional state and cannot stand. However, it is heartening that the Court of Appeal has resolved the entire issue

“We would particularly like to salute the courage and daring of Judge Jane Inyang, who delivered the minority judgment which was well detailed and faithful to the provisions of the rule of law.

“The judgment dismissed the incumbent governor, revoked his certificate of return and ordered INEC to organize a rerun within 90 days in the affected 92 polling stations where the elections had been canceled due to violence and electoral errors.

“This honorable judge also said that INEC should not have made a declaration on the March 18 governorship election, a fact enshrined in the Electoral Act, taking into account the margin of leadership.

“We dare say that if our courts can match the sincerity of Justice Jane Inyang, there will be great hope for a greater Nigeria and democracy.

“It must be crystal clear to the temporary holders in the Ogun State government that they should not rejoice in nothing as what they are enjoying now is temporary and cannot be permanent because the truth will still prevail.

“We call on all good people and stakeholders in Ogun State to celebrate Judge Jane Inyang as a role model for real justice and pray for more such courageous judges as we move up the ladder. We remain committed to our vision of a better future for our beloved state.

“To our supporters; Your tenacity and unwavering belief in our cause have continued to replenish our strength even as we continue this struggle to regain our mandate. As we continue this legal battle to the top of the ladder, please remain steadfast; the truth will ultimately prevail and the will of the people will be recognized.”

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