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Victory! Supreme Court validates Dapo Abiodun’s election as Ogun governor

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the case filed against the 2019 election of Dapo Abiodun as the governor of Ogun State.

The court said on Wednesday that the applicant, Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), failed to prove his allegation against the governor.

The court in a judgement read by Justice Dattijo Mohammed said the applicants did not prove their allegation of non-compliance to the electoral laws.

“There is a failure to establish the substance of the alleged non-compliance,” the court ruled.

Akinlade, the preferred successor of former governor Ibikunke Amosun, had approached the apex court to challenge the decision of the court of appeal which had dismissed his petition against Abiodun’s election on November 11.

The Appeal Court sitting in Ibadan the Oyo State capital had on Monday, November 11, 2019, dismissed Akinlade’s appeal.

The court in Ibadan upheld the September 14 judgment of the Ogun State governorship election petitions tribunal adding that the appeal lacks merit and it thereby stands by the decision of the lower tribunal.

But, Akinlade and his party, APM, were not satisfied with the appellate court ruling and thus, headed to the Supreme Court.

In his reaction, days after he was defeated at Appeal Court, Akinlade told his supporters across the state that he was sure of victory at the Supreme Court.

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Akinlade, a former federal lawmaker dumped the ruling APC for APM after he failed to win the party’s governorship ticket in the run-up to the election.

The APM governorship candidate was roundly supported by the immediate past governor Amosun who is now a Senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District under the umbrella of APC.

Governor Abiodun is also a member of the All Progressives Congress.

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