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Ogun Tribunal to Determine Abiodun and Adebutu’s Fate, Saturday

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The Ogun State Election Petitions Tribunal has said it would rule on the state’s governorship election petition on Saturday, 30th September, 2023.

The tribunal is expected to deliver judgement on the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu, challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate Dapo Abiodun in the March 18 governorship election.

The tribunal communicated the date to the parties on Thursday and was confirmed by the court’s secretary, Obioma Ezenta.

Media Aide to the PDP governorship candidate, Afolabi Orekoya, also confirmed that the party had been duly notified of the set date.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Hamidu Kunaza, had reserved the judgement shortly after the two parties adopted their written addresses on September 4, 2023.

The PDP and Adebutu are challenging the return of Abiodun as governor of Ogun State, as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the March 18 governorship election.

Abiodun’s counsel, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), had asked the court to dismiss the PDP petition for lacking in merit and for being a mere academic exercise. He noted that the sole petitions of the petitioners were not duly signed and stamped and, therefore lacked merit to be adopted. He urged the court to strike it out.

In his counter-argument, the legal counsel to Adebutu, Chris Uche (SAN), argued that all documents presented by the petitioners were obtained from INEC.

While adopting his final written address, Uche urged the court to declare the petitioner, Adebutu, winner of the governorship election.

He further urged the tribunal to remove a total number of 40, 871 votes from Abiodun’s polled votes and order a rerun in the 99 polling units where elections were alleged to have been disrupted.

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“We are very happy that today we have adopted our final written addresses in support of our petition. And we have asked the court based on the overwhelming evidence which we have advised both orally and documentary.

“And we are asking the court to give judgement to the petitioners, Ladi Adebutu and PDP because we have overwhelmingly proven our case. And this case we have brought all the documents certified by INEC and even witnesses called by INEC. So we have done our bit and the matter has been adjourned for judgement at a later date,” Uche pleaded with the court.

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