In a shocking turn of events, the Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the case challenging the results of the March 18, 2023, Governorship election in Ogun State, prompting strong reactions from the petitioner, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The judgment, delivered solely on technicalities, has left Hon. Adebutu and party members, deeply disappointed, as they had presented substantial evidences during the trial, including marked ballot papers, to support their claims of election irregularities.
The tribunal’s refusal to address these concerns, despite evidence of non-compliance, voter harassment, and intimidation, has raised questions about the integrity of the electoral process in Ogun State.
In a passionate response, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, Governorship Candidate for Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed not to relent in seeking justice for the people of the State, as the party has expressed unwavering commitment to the principles of democracy, transparency, and the rule of law, and announced their intention to appeal the tribunal’s verdict.
PDP Governorship candidate called on well-meaning citizens and stakeholders in Ogun State to join the fight for justice and the preservation of democratic principles. Supporters of Hon. Ladi Adebutu and urged his supporters not to be discouraged by the tribunal’s decision, as the battle for a better Ogun State continues.
The outcome of this legal battle will undoubtedly have significant implications for the political landscape of Ogun State. As Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, and the PDP pursue justice through the appellate courts, all eyes will be on the ongoing struggle for electoral fairness and democracy in the state.
Hon. Adebutu expressed gratitude to the people of Ogun State and PDP party faithfuls for their unwavering support for remaining, despite the setback, determined to uphold the will of the people and ensure justice prevails in Ogun State.
As this legal drama unfolds, it remains to be seen how the courts will ultimately adjudicate on the matter. One thing is certain: the people of Ogun State, along with political observers, will be closely watching the proceedings, hoping for a just resolution that upholds the principles of democracy and transparency in the state’s political process.