Why we must contest result of 2023 governorship election in Ogun – Adebutu


The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the just concluded general elections in Ogun, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu , has vowed to contest the result of the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Court.

Adebutu stated this while addressing members of the party at a meeting in Abeokuta on Thursday.

The PDP governorship candidate noted that if the party failed to contest the result of the election, the nation would be dying gradually.

“If we fail to contest the outcome of the election, we are killing this nation,” he said.

He expressed the optimism that he would reclaim his “stolen mandate” at the election petition tribunal.

Adebutu had rejected the outcome of the election, alleging that, the election was marred with irregularities, violence and massive rigging.

Adebutu declared that he would explore all legal means available to challenge the victory of Abiodun.

He pointed accusing fingers to the state Returning officer Kayode Adebowale of subverting the will of the people by declaring Abiodun as the winner of the election.

Adebutu said, the governorship election was the worst in the history of the country’s democracy.

“What I saw in the elections, is politics of intimidation, politics of harassment, politics of subversion. This was the first time in the history of our democracy where people harrased, intimidated and threatened not to come out to vote.

“We recognized everything that happened in this election, we must contest it, because it was subversion of our democracy.

“A lot of injustice have been done, I feel very aggrieved because we see a lot of inconsistencies. We are law abiding before they (INEC) made that declaration we informed them, we petitioned them to show that that declaration was willful.

“Subversion of our democracy, 42,000 people have been disenfranchised. And when they disenfranchised 42,000, they now said they are leading by 13,000 votes, so those 42,000 don’t need to vote.

“Whereas the same thing happened in Kebbi and Adamawa, but it’s okay, that rule only applies in Kebbi and Adamawa, it does not apply to Ogun state because a declaration already exist, don’t blame INEC, it is not INEC’s fault, it is the declaration the man from Ibadan has done, but I believe at the tribunal it will be corrected.”


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