The Ogun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, situated in Abeokuta, has upheld Governor Dapo Abiodun’s victory in the March 18 governorship election.
The tribunal, led by Justice Hamidu Kunaza, dismissed the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, stating that it lacked merit.
The allegations made by the PDP, including corrupt practices, non-compliance with the Electoral Act, multiple thumb-printing of ballot papers, ballot stuffing, and certificate forgery, were not proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Kunaza, criticized the testimonies of the 94 witnesses called by the PDP, stating that they were fabricated and lacked credibility in determining the petition.
In regards to the certificate forgery allegation against Governor Abiodun, the Tribunal ruled that the petitioner did not provide any credible witnesses from the United States of America to substantiate the criminal accusation against the second defendant.
The Tribunal dismissed the accusation of vote buying and corrupt practices, stating that the petitioners did not provide sufficient evidence to prove these allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.
The court also ruled that the allegations of certificate forgery and Abiodun’s arrest and detention in 1986 were issues to be resolved before the March 18 election, and therefore, were not relevant to the case.
Ultimately, the Tribunal upheld Abiodun’s electoral victory and dismissed all grounds brought forward by the petitioners seeking justice.