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The Untold Story Of Degeneration Of Osun APC Crisis By Aladelola Adisa




The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun might not have festered to date if fairness, unity and collective purpose wasn’t jettisoned by the current administration in the State, investigations have revealed.

Due to controversies surrounding the emergence and eventual assumption of office of Governor Oyetola, efforts were not spared to unite members of the APC political family in Osun.

Findings revealed that rather than the Governor and his loyalists strengthening and rejuvenating the party for the consolidation of progressive legacies in the state, it began an unprecedented politics of segregation and exclusivity against members of the party that brought him to power in 2018.

A source who is close to the two camps told journalists that party members who wanted to ensure that the crisis did not degenerate, at its earlier stage, formed The Osun Progressives (TOP), a caucus of the party in a bid to right the wrongs of the factional party chairman, Gboyega Famodun and by extension, the Governor’s camp.

A top party chieftain in the state who prayed not to be named because of the height of the crisis said Governor Oyetola’s strong position not to associate with anyone who believed in his predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration was the first in the series of strokes he used to further divide the party.

The party leader explained further: “Since the creation of Osun in August 27, 1991, Osun has been democratically governed with Osun West Senatorial District taking the first shot but ruling for just less than 24 months; Osun East Senatorial District ruling for eight years; Osun Central Senatorial District where Governor Oyetola hails from would have ruled for 15 and half years by the end of his tenure.

With three Governors: Chief Bisi Akande, four years; Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, seven and half years; and Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola who would have spent four years at the end of his first term by 2022 being from the same Ifelodun/Boripe/Odo-Otin Federal Constituency as Oyinlola.

“In 2018, the agitation for the Osun West Senatorial District to produce the next Governor was fierce and huge. It was so fierce that all party leaders, starting from the elders, Agba Osun caucus of APC, majority of the State Executive Council, and virtually all organs of the party were hell-bent on “WEST LOKAN AGENDA.

“In spite of this clamour, the then Chief of Staff, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, was produced as the APC candidate for the State Gubernatorial Election.

“That decision alone fragmented the party such that a section of the party decamped to the ADP, costing APC at least 49,000 votes in the 2018 election. Eventually, the election was declared Inconclusive and a Rerun was ordered, with Alhaji Oyetola eventually winning with a slim margin.

“Although, many factors were responsible for the declaration of the election being Inconclusive, among which was the decamping of aggrieved section of APC members to the ADP – costing APC over 49,000 votes, the unpopularity of the APC candidate as well as the general clamour for OSUN WEST DISTRICT to field the next Governor were the driving factors for APC’s unusually slim victory in the 2018 guber elections”.

Speaking further, and digging deeper into the unpopularity of the candidate, the source posited, “If we compare the results of Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola in his home local governments and that of his closest rival, the PDP candidate in his home local governments, we will discover the huge difference of 21,525 votes in favour of the PDP candidate. This is significant, considering the fact that, PDP could only lead APC after the first ballot by only 353 votes.

“Instead of considering the above factors as the main factors responsible for the declaration of the election Inconclusive, Governor Oyetola, from the inception of his administration embarked on a campaign of calumny and politics of division within the party. Under the Oyetola administration, whoever is perceived to be associated with or harbour any interest in the legacy of immediate past administration or commitment to his predecessor is alienated from the party and government regardless of their contribution to the success of the party.”

Another albatross, the APC chieftain remarked hanging on the neck of Oyetola and his IleriOluwa camp, was the reversal of the major policies of the Aregbesola administration spitefully. They noted that since the start of his administration, the Governor had publicly shown his disdain for the Minister which Ogbeni was aware of but kept mum in the spirit of party cohesion and political maturity.

“For example, when the Muslim Community in Osun was planning to honour Ogbeni with the title of WAZIRI’L MUMINEEN of the State of Osun, the Governor and his team bluntly showed disdain for the event. Despite the fact that Governor Oyetola was the one that picked the date for the programme, he directed that major functionaries of his government should not attend the programme, while also travelling out of the country himself. The only Local Government Chairman who took active role in the programme, Hon Akeem Olaoye, then Chairman of Osogbo South LCDA was suspended from office for six months. Till today, the unbridled castigation of APC Party stalwarts by members of Oyetola’s administration is the order the day.”

He said while all these were going on, some concerned members of the party approached the Governor to have a rethink about his actions and inactions against APC stalwarts including the former Governor, but the Governor did not yield.

The APC leader noted, “The issues were brought to the attention of Baba Bisi Akande, the former Governor of Osun, for resolutions, though this effort did not produce a decisive resolution. Thereafter, in December 2020, Asiwaju intervened at a meeting held at the Ila Orangun residence of Baba Bisi Akande, with Baba Akande, Governor Oyetola and Ogbeni in attendance where resolutions were agreed. However, the resolutions taken at that meeting were jettisoned and the leaders have not since then raised a finger.

“When there was no solution in sight, genuine party leaders who love the party and majority of people who suffered before we could restore the progressive party back to power in Osun 12 years ago, came together to form The Osun Progressives (TOP), in order to reorganize the party for future elections.

“Immediately The Osun Progressives (TOP) was formed, the Government started castigating leaders of the group and its members. Though this attack has continued unabated, however on a daily basis, members of TOP have kept increasing.

“Immediately the timetable for Ward Congress was released by the National Secretariat of the APC, the leadership of TOP announced to the whole world that they were ready for the Congress but the Governor’s group, said they were not ready for a Congress rather they settled for Consensus. While TOP went for real Congress, the Governor’s group went for a dubious ‘CONSENSUS’.

“The Governor used his position as a member of the Caretaker Extraordinary and Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the APC with the support of Senator Iyiola Omisore, to influence the Chairman of the Osun Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Elegbeleye to declare the Governor’s group consensus list as duly elected ward Executives; TOP then petitioned the National Secretariat in the form of an Appeal and eventually the Appeal Committee came, they were equally compromised by the Governor, using his influence as a member of CECPC. But one significant thing about the Appeal was during its sitting, known thugs from the Governor’s group came to disrupt the proceedings.

“However, seven leaders of TOP were arraigned before the Magistrate Court instead of arresting and prosecuting thugs. The case was eventually dismissed.

As the crisis continued, especially in relation to the party Congress, numerous party leaders have intervened without any clear resolution in sight.

“On January 8, 2022, the APC National Reconciliation Committee arrives Osun, met with Governor Oyetola’s APC factions, who urged the National Reconciliation Committee to disregard the petitions forwarded to it by TOP.”

While expressing optimism for an end in sight to the crisis, the party chieftain called for a genuine, equitable and fair reconciliation as the chieftain posited, “if with a united party in 2018, the current Governor barely won the election, how will the party perform with a divided house as we approach the coming Guber election”.

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Obasa: 51 Hearty Cheers to the Legislative Generalissimo- Jamiu Yisa




Rt.Hon Obasa

In the world of politics, it is a rare occurrence to find a legislator who consistently delivers excellence over a span of two decades. However, in the case of Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly in Nigeria, this exceptional feat has become a defining characteristic of his distinguished career. As we celebrate his 51st birthday and 20 years of legislative excellence from 2003 to 2023, it is impossible to ignore the significant impact he has made on the lives of the people he serves.
Starting out as a councillor in Agege Local Government in 1999, Obasa has developed into a significant player in Lagos politics, reaching the third highest position in the state.
In 2003, he represented his constituents, Agege Constituency 01, in the Lagos State House of Assembly. On June 8, 2015, he was elected as the Speaker of the Eighth Assembly. His colleagues reelected him to continue his commendable work in the Ninth and current 10th Assembly.
From the moment he took his oath of office in 2003, it was evident that he possessed a remarkable dedication to public service. Throughout his terms in office, he has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of the Lagos State community. This empathy, coupled with his unwavering commitment to progress, has allowed him to navigate the complex landscape of legislative work with ease.
One cannot discuss Obasa’s legislative achievements without acknowledging the transformative legislation he has championed. To date, he has initiated approximately six Private Member Bills, making him the first and only Speaker in Lagos history to accomplish such a feat. It’s also important to mention that the majority of his Private Member Bills have directly benefited the people of the state.
The House under his speakership had passed into Law, 46 Bills with over 120 resolutions and a couple of regulations in four years, during the 9th Assembly. With such passage, the House had brought about remarkable legislative improvement and service delivery to the State.
In addition to his legislative achievements, Obasa’s leadership style is worth commending. As the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, he has fostered an environment of transparency, inclusivity, and accountability. His open-door policy has allowed for constructive dialogue and collaboration among legislators, resulting in the passage of impactful bills and policies.
There is no doubt about his leadership qualities, and today he successfully guided the proceedings of the state Assembly, resulting in a remarkably peaceful Parliament in Nigeria. Being a bridge builder, he not only promotes peace but also embraces the concept of love and sharing among individuals.
In his role as an administrator, he made sure to uphold and enhance the tradition of providing continuous training for lawmakers and staff of the Lagos State House of Assembly, making them possibly the most well-trained in the country.
A chieftain and two-term ex-state chairman of the party, Chief Henry Oladele Ajomale, described him as a loyal party man, a leader, a democrat, and both fearless and brave.
“Obasa has been involved in politics for a while now. Though not as long as some of us, he has definitely worked and contributed a lot over the years. From AD to AC to ACN and now APC, he has helped carry on the vision of our forefathers. Without that continuity, we wouldn’t have the focus or the direction we need.
“When I was the chairman of the party, he was always there representing the House of Assembly. He made sure everyone paid their dues to support the party. In fact, he led by example – always the first to pay his fair share. That’s the sign of a true team player.
“To us that know him, know that he is a very courageous, bold, not afraid to take decisions that are going to benefit the majority of the people. That is how you know leadership, by knowing someone who is not afraid to take decisions. The good decisions on behalf of the people, that shows his leadership skill and that is why they call him a leader. So far so good, he has done what is expected of him very well.
“He is quiet, unassuming but don’t touch the tail of the cobra when it is sleeping. Don’t wake it up, you’ll see venom. The day you try to step on the tail of the cobra, you’re in trouble, but he respects everybody, leaders, elders, even the younger ones, because respect begets respect, that is respect deserves and it is reciprocal. He has shown that trait, so he will respect you, even if you’re a toddler. That is why he is unique, that’s why I like him,” said Chief Ajomale.
Hon. Femi Saheed, the lawmaker representing Kosofe Constituency 02, described him as a man of many parts. “He has an in-depth understanding of what legislature is all about. He is well-grounded in lawmaking and is able to form different opinions fitting each situation. He is a man that you cannot work with and complain because he is a teacher, a lawmaker, and a pragmatic achiever who loves the people he works with and believes in honesty and dedication. He is a man who assesses you more than you think. He has an innate ability to study individuals personally and assigns responsibilities based on their understanding. He is a good achiever.
“Lagos State House of Assembly, according to our slogan, is the House above the common standard of Excellence. You can see the kind of laws that we have enacted and the impacts they have made. You can also see the way the public perceives us across the country.
“It is because of his robust legislative experience that we have been able to bring confidence, sagacity, and exposure into the legislature. This has been the only instrument that we have been using as a recipe to be above other assemblies in Nigeria.”
According to Engr. Rasheed Shabi, a first-term member representing Lagos Mainland, “I can strongly say that the distinguished Speaker has been a humble and dedicated gentleman. He is distinct and professional in his job. He is someone who will be there for you when you are close to him, but do not abuse that relationship.
“Since we came in, he has been a brother and a leader to all of us. He has never discriminated against anyone, including the two Labor Party representatives. He has accepted us as one. He says that as long as we are in this House, we are all one and it does not matter which party you came on board with. He wants everyone to contribute when it comes to decision-making. He does not dictate the way things should be because he is the Speaker. He wants all of us to contribute, even at the parliamentary level.”
According to Hon. Kehinde Joseph, a third-term lawmaker representing Alimosho Constituency 02, “If you want to understand how the parliament works, just study the Speaker. He is incredibly smart. Whatever question you ask, he gives an immediate thoughtful response directly related to what you asked.
“As Speaker for the past three assemblies, he has set the standard. And he knows how to reward good work. When it’s time to recognize your efforts, he is there to do it. And don’t even try to act smarter than him because there’s very little about the legislative process he doesn’t know inside and out. If you have any challenges in your work, I guarantee he’ll have the perfect advice. He’s like the Joseph in the Bible who could interpret dreams.
“I have learned so much from him, and I’m very grateful. Among all the state assemblies, he is probably the longest-serving member. When you look at other countries, their parliamentarians often serve for decades. So his longevity really helps us. The state is lucky to have such a capable Speaker. All current and former members will tell you he is the ideal person for the job.”
According to Hon. Tobun Mustainu Abiodun,”Obasa has been a great friend and mentor since I joined the House. He is very humble and hardworking, always making time to help others understand the legislative process. We’ve learned a lot from him about how to best serve our constituents. He truly cares about the people of Lagos and works tirelessly each day to move the state forward. He leads by example and has helped elevate the House to new heights. I respect him not just as our Speaker but as a father figure who wants the best for all.
“Under Obasa’s guidance, the Lagos State House of Assembly has become a model for other state legislatures to learn from. He has set a high bar for excellence that we strive each day to meet. From improving infrastructure to passing impactful laws, he has transformed the House into one of the most effective in the country. Other states regularly adopt our policies, showing the positive influence we’ve had nationwide. Obasa’s vision and dedication have strengthened democracy and bettered lives across Lagos. We’re proud of all he has accomplished and the example he sets for principled leadership.
“The LNSC has been hugely beneficial for Lagos, helping maintain law and order through intelligence gathering and community partnerships. While not armed like the police, they fulfill an important security role. They work closely with the NPF to evaluate threats and keep citizens safe. No system is perfect, but the LNSC demonstrates Lagos’ commitment to innovative, collaborative approaches that produce real results. Their efforts, along with laws passed by this House under Obasa’s guidance, have undoubtedly enhanced stability across the state,” he averred.
The lawmaker, representing Eti-Osa Constituency 2, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, in his congratulatory message to Obasa, speaks to the fact that the journey to the top is with its course through the path of loyalty and fidelity to the right values.
According to him,”He has not only distinguished himself as a lawyer, lawmaker and politician, his track-record as a leader is outstanding. He is bold, forthright and visionary, always looking out for ways to chart a new path to enrich process and outcomes.
“Under the leadership of Mr Speaker, the Lagos State House of Assembly has continued to set the pace among the legislative houses in Nigeria.
“It is on record that under him, the 9th Assembly passed a total of 46 bills and over 120 resolutions, which made huge positive impacts in the development of Lagos State and lives of Lagosians.
“He is never afraid to assign responsibilities to others and extend opportunities that help to broaden the experience and record of other legislators in Lagos State and Nigeria generally. He is always looking out for good, progress and development of others.
“The story of Rt. Hon. (Dr) Obasa is one that inspires on many areas. It is a story of determination and industry that has seen him through an inspiring and progressive journey, which started with him as a legislator in Agege Local Government to becoming one of the most successful lawmakers in the history of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
“This day offers me yet another opportunity to celebrate and appreciate this great man, who I have had the privilege and honour of working with in the last 12 years, eight of those years under his leadership as the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
“As Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa celebrates his 51st Birthday, I congratulate and wish him many happy returns of the day. May Almighty Allah grant him good health and wisdom to continue to positively impact this and future generations. Happy Birthday, My Speaker,” he prayed.
It is perhaps Obasa’s ability to consistently exceed expectations that sets him apart from his peers. Throughout his 20 years in office, he has continually raised the bar for legislative excellence. Whether through his tireless work ethic, unwavering dedication to the people, or visionary leadership, Obasa has proven time and time again that he is a force to be reckoned with in the political arena.
As we reflect on Mudashiru Obasa’s 51st birthday anniversary and 20 years of legislative excellence, it is clear that his impact on Lagos State cannot be overstated. His unwavering commitment to progress, coupled with his visionary leadership, has transformed the lives of countless individuals.
As he continues to serve the people of Lagos State, one can only anticipate even greater achievements and a brighter future under his guidance.

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Supreme Court Set to Hear PDP, App’s Motion for the Enforcement of its Judgement Disqualifying APC in 2019 Imo Guber Poll




Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Supreme Court will hear the motion of the Peoples Democratic Party and Action Peoples Party respectively which applied to the apex Court to give effect to its judgment delivered on December 20, 2019, disqualifying Uche Nwosu from the Imo governorship election on the ground of double nomination on Tuesday, October 31st, 2023.
The apex court had in a judgment delivered on December 20, 2019 found that Nwosu was nominated by both Action Alliance (AA) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) and consequently nullified his nomination.
A political party is not capable of sponsoring two candidates for the same office in the same election.
This informed the decision of the PDP and APP to file different applications at the Supreme Court seeking that the PDP candidate, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha be declared the winner of the election since APC is precluded from sponsoring two candidates in the Imo State governorship election.
In an affidavit filed in support of the application which was deposed to by a legal practitioner, Adedamola Farokun, working in the Legal Department of the PDP, he averred thus: “The third Respondent/Applicant (PDP) is neither in any way seeking a review of the valid, subsisting and well considered judgment of this court delivered in this appeal nor seeking a review of the judgment of this court delivered on 14th January 2020 in SC/462/2019 but humbly seeking that this court give effect to its judgment delivered on 20th December,2019.
“That this court has the constitutional, inherent powers and jurisdiction to grant the reliefs sought and give effects to its judgment.“That it is in the interest of justice for this court to exercise its wide discretionary powers in favour of granting this application as prayed.”
In the application, PDP is asking the court to declare that the governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma was not the candidate of the APC based on the court’s judgment that Nwosu was nominated by both the APC and the Action Alliance.
PDP is also asking the court for an order enforcing or otherwise directing the enforcement and or giving effect to the judgement of the court in the case delivered on the 20th December 2019 wherein the court held that Nwosu was nominated by both APC and AA and consequently declared his nomination a nullity.
PDP is asking the Supreme Court to hold that “both the Action Alliance (AA) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) did not sponsor and/or field any candidate for the governorship election held in lmo State on 9th March, 2019 in view of the double nomination of the Appellant/Respondent by the two political parties aforesaid, and his subsequent disqualification as their gubernatorial candidate, as found by this honourable court in the judgment delivered on 20th December, 2019.”
The party asked the court for an order sequel to the above that Senator Hope Uzodinma was not a candidate by himself or of any party at the Imo State Governorship election held on 9th March, 2019.
PDP also asked the court for an order directing the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Senator Hope Uzodinma.
It asked the court “for an order further directing the 4th respondent to issue a certificate of return to the gubernatorial candidate of the 3rd Respondent/Applicant, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ehedioha in the lmo state Governorship election held on 9th March. 2019 as the duly elected governor of Imo state, having scored the second highest number of votes in the said election sequel to the judgment of this court in Appeal No SC/1462/2019 Hope Uzodinma & Anor vs Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha & Others delivered on 14th January, 2020.”
The party further sought an order sequel to the above, directing that the said gubernatorial candidate of the 3rd Respondent/Applicant in the lmo state Governorship election held on the 9th March 2019 Rt. Hon. Emeka lhedioha be immediately sworn in as the governor of lmo State.
PDP stated the grounds for the application thus: “The court found that the Appellant/Respondent was nominated by both APC and AA as their gubernatorial candidate for the lmo state governorship election and conclusively held that he was disqualified by the provisions of S. 37 of the Electoral Act (as amended), for double nomination.
b. That after the said election, the governorship candidate of the 3d Respondent/Applicant Rt. Honourable Emeka lhedioha, was returned by the 4th Respondent as the winners of the election and consequently sworn into office.
That subsequently, the return of the governorship candidate of the 3rd Respondent/Applicant was challenged up to this court by one Senator Hope Uzodinma who claimed to be the gubernatorial ‘candidate of the APC.’
That the Supreme Court in its judgement delivered on 14th January, 2020 held that it was the said Senator Hope Uzodinma and not Rt. Honourable Emeka lhedioha that scored the highest number of votes in the election and ought to be returned as the duly elected governor of lmo State.
That by the clear terms of the judgement in this appeal, neither the AA nor the APC fielded any candidate for the lmo state governorship election held on 9th March 2019 and as such the said Senator Hope Uzodinma could not have been returned as the winner of the lmo State Governorship election as a candidate of the APC.
That APC could not have substituted the appellant with a view to further nominating the said Senator Hope Uzodinma as their candidate because that right was not available to the party under the Electoral Act.
That Senator Hope Uzodinma could not have been a candidate in the election as an independent candidate as such right is not available to him.
That the 3rd respondent Applicant, PDP, as the main beneficiary of the judgment ought to enjoy the fruits of the said judgement.
That Rt. Honourable Emeka lhedioha, who is the candidate nominated by the 3rd Respondent /Applicant, and who scored the second highest number of votes after Senator Hope Uzodinma, from the judgment of this court ought therefore to be issued a certificate of return by the 4th respondent and sworn in accordingly.
That it will advance the cause of justice to grant this application particularly as none of the parties will be prejudiced by its grant.

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”W𝙚 W𝙡𝙡 E𝙭𝙝𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙖𝙡𝙡 A𝙫𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 L𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙡 A𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙪𝙚𝙨”-𝙇𝙖𝙙𝙞 𝘼𝙙𝙚𝙗𝙪𝙩𝙪 𝘾𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙞𝙜𝙣 𝙊𝙧𝙜𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙨𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣




Ladi Adebutu

The judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal that struck out our petition challenging the outcome of the March 18, 2023, Governorship election in Ogun State is disheartening and a big threat to democracy. This judgment which was based solely on hilarious technicalities failed to consider the substantial merits and evidence tendered during the trial.
We firmly believe in the principles of democracy, transparency, and the rule of law. It is with these principles in mind that we entered into the legal process to seek justice for the people of Ogun State whose mandate was stolen. Our commitment to this course remains unwavering, and 𝙬𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙚𝙭𝙝𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙫𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙡𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙡 𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙪𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙪𝙥𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙙, 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙙.
Regrettably, the 𝙏𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙪𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙤𝙘𝙪𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙚𝙘𝙝𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙀𝙣𝙜𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙝 𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙚𝙭𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙. We submitted substantial evidence that raised serious questions about the conduct of the election, even marked ballot papers and we are confident that a closer examination of this evidence would have revealed the true nature of the irregularities and discrepancies that occurred during the election.
In the course of the trial, 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙡𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙡 𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙚𝙣𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙙 𝙣𝙤𝙣-𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚, 𝙫𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨’ 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 49,000 𝙫𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨 which is higher than the margin of lead of 13,915 as “purportedly” declared by INEC; the ballot boxes snatching, over voting among many other electoral malpractices perpetuated by Mr Dapo Abiodun and his party, APC.
We obtained duly Certified True Copies of documents from the electoral umpire, INEC, and paid for with official receipts to back our claims which proved all the content of our petition and justified our concerns over the election.
We condemn unequivocally the judgement of the tribunal, consequently, 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙡𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙡 𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙟𝙪𝙙𝙜𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙪𝙣𝙖𝙡. We will not relent until due Justice is served.
With what was displayed at the tribunal on Saturday 30th, September 2023, 𝙞𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙮 𝙣𝙤 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧 𝙗𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙤𝙣 𝙢𝙖𝙣 who may seek redress through the court shortly if not curtailed.
Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu assures the good people of Ogun State that we will not be deterred by this setback. We will continue to fight for the rights and aspirations of our supporters and the citizens of our dear State. Our determination to see justice served will not be shaken by this judgment, and we will take this matter to the appellate courts to seek a more equitable and just outcome.
We extend our gratitude to our supporters across the State and beyond, who have shown immense resilience and unwavering faith in our cause. We urge them to remain steadfast as we continue this legal battle. We believe that the truth will ultimately prevail, and the will of the people will be acknowledged.
 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙂𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙊𝙨𝙪𝙣 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙚, 𝙃𝙞𝙨 𝙀𝙭𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙮, 𝙎𝙚𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙤𝙧 𝘼𝙙𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙡𝙖 𝘼𝙙𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙠𝙚, 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙙𝙚𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙅𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙪𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙖𝙫𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘼𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙎𝙪𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩.
We call on all well-meaning citizens and stakeholders in Ogun State to join us in our unrelenting quest for justice and in upholding the principles of democracy. The fight for a better Ogun State continues, and we remain committed to our vision of a brighter future for our beloved State.
To the good people of Ogun State and our teeming party members, we salute your courage, steadfastness and unwavering support for Hon (Dr) Oladipupo Adebutu and our great party, PDP. We urge you not to be deterred by the pronouncement of the tribunal. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙪𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙞𝙨 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙖 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚 that you have freely given to us. 
Again, we will not retard in seeking desired justice for the people of Ogun State whose mandate was hijacked by the enemies of democracy and due process. As much as you are aware, this set of individuals did everything possible to ensure the PDP and Adebutu were not on the ballot before the election but we came out victorious.
𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙖𝙣 𝙚𝙭𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣. 
Thank you all, “ITURA DE TAN”
Signed 𝐀𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐢 𝐎𝐫𝐞𝐤𝐨𝐲𝐚 𝐷𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑓 𝑀𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑎, 𝙇𝙖𝙙𝙞 𝘼𝙙𝙚𝙗𝙪𝙩𝙪 𝘾𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙞𝙜𝙣 𝙊𝙧𝙜𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙨𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣L

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