The Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and its Governorship candidate in the Saturday, March 9 election in the State, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade of allegedly planning to “buy” the Supreme Court to upturn the election of Prince Dapo Abiodun of the APC.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, had on Monday, November 11, dismissed the petition filed by APM and Akinlade against the victory of Governor Abiodun.
In a unanimous decision, the Appeal court Justices said the appeal “lacks merit and it is therefore struck out.” In the lead judgment, Justice Muhammed Ambi-Usi Danjuma declared that the 10 grounds filed by the Akinlade and his party challenging the victory of Abiodun have no merits and that the two appellants were overruled because of lack of merit. The judgement read inter alia “The respective objections raised by the two respondents are overruled and the emotions have no remit, answers to them are sustained and the two motions are dismissed.”
Following their defeat at the Court of Appeal, the APM and Akinlade had vowed to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Appeal’s judgement.
But the APC in a statement by the Publicity Secretary of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Tunde Oladunjoye alleged that the APM was planning to approach the Supreme Court with the aim of “buying court judgment.”
Oladunjoye described the APM and it’s candidate as “serial losers who are merely shadow chasing”, warning that “court judgement is not for sale”.
The statement reads in part, “Our party, the APC has unshakeable confidence in the judiciary, the APM and its candidate are serial losers who are merely shadow-chasing and being goaded by a senator, another well known serial loser at tribunals”.
“Prince Dapo Abiodun won unanimously at the Ogun Governorship Petition Tribunal, we also won unanimously at the Appeal Court, they should be told that despite the boasts of their main sponsor, the court judgement is not for sale.”
“The three-man State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, led by Justice Yusuf Halilu, while dismissing the petition and upholding Abiodun’s election, described Akinlade’s petition, challenging Abiodun’s victory, as “lazy and destined to fail”.
“This has exposed the lack of depth, procedurally contaminated and virus-invested petition to the whole world. The reason why they want to go to the Supreme Court is driven by the empty boast of the Senator financing APM, who is dropping the name of Mr. President.”
“We advise them to get off their phantom horse and stop dragging the name of Mr. President into disrepute. The court is not for traders, neither is the apex court’s judgement for sale.”