By Femi Adediran, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, the State capital has fixed Saturday to deliver final judgment on the legal battle between Governor Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the candidate of the Allied People Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade.
Akinlade and his party had filed a petition, challenging the victory of Abiodun on grounds of alleged over-voting and Abiodun’s ‘lack of qualification’.
The tribunal Secretary, Nyior Henry Sekulla on Tuesday to Uhuru Times that the three-man panel had fixed the ruling for Saturday.
Sekulla said, “The judgement has been fixed for Saturday, September 14. And we have sent formal notification to all parties including calls and text messages”.
Justice Yusuf Halilu – led panel had on Monday, August 19 reserved ruling shortly after all parties had adopted their final written addresses before the tribunal. The panel promised to notify all parties in case when its judgment was ready.
While adopting his final written address, the petitioner through the lead counsel, Mike Osuman SAN, prayed the tribunal to disqualify Abiodun as a candidate in the March 9 poll, invalidate his victory and return him (Akinlade) in his stead as the Governor.
But Abiodun’s lead counsel, Prof Taiwo Osipitan SAN, described the APM’s petition as dead on arrival and urged the tribunal to dismiss it.