All Progressives Congress National Leader, Bola Tinubu, has congratulated Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on the judgement of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal affirming his victory in the March election.
He said the APC candidate truly deserved the victory “despite the intimidation, harassment and violence unleashed on your supporters and other shenanigans perpetrated by known opposition elements within and outside our party.”
The tribunal, headed by Justice Yusuf Halilu, threw out the petition filed by Abdulkadir Adekunle Akinlade and the Allied People’s Movement (APM), saying the petitioners “not only failed, but also irredeemably failed,” to prove their allegations of over-voting and substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act.
In a congratulatory letter to Governor Abiodun, dated September 15, and personally signed by him, Tinubu said: “Saturday’s judgement of the governorship election petition tribunal affirming your electoral victory has further demonstrated your election was, indeed, a true reflection of the wishes of your people.
“We were all living witnesses to the fact that despite the intimidation, harassment and violence unleashed on your numerous supporters and other shenanigans perpetrated by known opposition elements within and outside our party, APC, you emerged victorious because the people of Ogun stood by you.
“Undaunted by all of that, you ran a clean, peaceful, issues-based campaign. You were, by far, the most popular and most qualified of the governorship candidates, hence your election. You truly deserved your victory.
“This is now time to extend your hand of fellowship to the APM candidate and others who contested against you and, indeed, other stakeholders in the state. You must re-dedicate yourself to re-uniting the people and be the governor for all.
“Ogun State deserves development, Ogun State deserves industrialisation. Having made success in your private multi-sectoral entrepreneurial life, you are best placed to replicate this in Ogun. This, you must do within the shortest possible time.
“Once again, I congratulate you and wish you God’s guidance in the daunting, but not insurmountable tasks, ahead of you.”