Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court judgement upholding his election in the Saturday, March 9 Governorship election in the State.
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin in Abeokuta, described the verdict as not only a victory for the people, but for also democracy, the judiciary and an attestation to the awesomeness of God.
The Governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) Adekunle Akinlade had dragged Abiodun to the Supreme Court to challenge his victory after the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State had on November 11, 2019, dismissed the application filed by Akinlade.
But Abiodun while reacting to his victory at the Supreme Court judgement, said the court outcome justified popular belief that there was no reason for the election matter to have gone to the Supreme Court in the first instance.
The Governor congratulated the people of the State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and indeed all other parties that had shown support and solidarity for his administration, despite fielding candidates in the same election.
Abiodun assured the people of the State that their exemplary goodwill and demonstration of love during the period of litigation is reciprocated with more projects that would give meaning to his avowed stand on delivering the dividends of democracy to them without discrimination.
The Governor hailed the Judiciary for “the lucid pronouncements” on the matter, which he believed had “deepened our jurisprudence and further enthroned democracy ethos and affirmed the supremacy of the people’s choice as a cardinal principle in democracy.”
Abiodun said the verdict had justified the confidence reposed in him by executing projects and programmes that validate his “Building Our Future Together Agenda” and that according to him had ushered in a new era of progressive and inclusive growth for the State.
The Governor added that, the ruling of the Supreme Court had finally laid to rest all concerns about him and the propriety of his election, saying, “we once again extend our hands of fellowship to the APM and indeed all other parties to join hands with Prince Abiodun to move Ogun State to the next level of development.”
“Democracy is about people and the voice of the people is definitely the voice of God. Now that the court issues have been conclusively dealt with, the Dapo Abiodun-led APC government will be continue to focus on activities that will lift majority of our people out of poverty, develop public infrastructure and our human capita needs, as well as and make life more meaningful for citizens, visitors and residents of the State.”
“This verdict will further challenge me to consolidate gains made so far in the state and inspire him to do more for the people whose mandate he holds dear and will not take for granted,” the Governor said.