The Ogun State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oladipupo Adebutu, has expressed his determination to appeal the recent judgement of the state Election Petition Tribunal.
This development follows the affirmation of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s election victory by the tribunal, led by Justice Hamidu Kanaza.
Adebutu, in a statement released by the Director of Media for the Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organisation, Afolabi Orekoya, has voiced his concerns about the verdict, labeling it as disheartening and a threat to democracy.
A Disputed Judgement
Adebutu firmly believes that the tribunal’s decision was solely based on technicalities rather than a careful consideration of the substantial merits and evidence presented during the trial.
He asserts that the judgement raises serious questions about the court’s role as the last hope of the common man in seeking justice.
The tribunal’s apparent focus on technicalities, rather than an in-depth examination of evidence, has left Adebutu and his supporters deeply concerned.
Pursuit of Justice
Adebutu and his team emphasize their unwavering commitment to democracy, transparency, and the rule of law.
They embarked on this legal journey to seek justice for the people of Ogun State, who they believe had their mandate stolen.
Despite the tribunal’s dismissal of their petition, Adebutu remains resolute in their quest to uphold the will of the people, ensure justice prevails, and retrieve the mandate.
Allegations of Neglected Evidence
Adebutu contends that they provided substantial evidence, including marked ballot papers and Certified True Copies of documents from INEC, to support their claims and justify concerns over the election.
He expresses disappointment in the tribunal’s failure to thoroughly examine this evidence, highlighting that a closer scrutiny could have exposed the true extent of irregularities and discrepancies during the election.
The Path Forward
In light of the tribunal’s judgement, Adebutu has instructed his legal team to appeal the decision.
He remains undeterred by this setback and reassures the people of Ogun State that he will persist in fighting for their rights and aspirations.
His determination to seek justice will not waver, and he intends to approach the appellate court in pursuit of a more equitable and just outcome.
A Message to Supporters
Adebutu extends his gratitude to his supporters for their unwavering faith and resilience throughout this legal battle.
He urges them to remain steadfast, believing that the truth will ultimately prevail, as seen in the case of Governor Ademola Adeleke in Osun State.
He calls upon all well-meaning citizens and stakeholders in Ogun State to join their quest for justice and democracy, emphasizing that the fight for a better Ogun State continues.
Despite the setback at the tribunal, Adebutu and the PDP remain determined to seek justice and uphold democratic principles in Ogun State.
They view the tribunal as just one phase in the process of retrieving the mandate freely given to them by the people, and their resolve to pursue justice remains resolute.