Hon Adekunle Akinlade, APM, governorship candidate has disclosed that he has plan to challenge the ruling of the Appeal Court which upheld the election of Prince Dapo Abiodun of APC as the governor of Ogun State at the Supreme Court.
Addressing members of APM in Abeokuta Ogun State, Akinlade stated that, “the move to challenge the judgment at the Supreme Court became imperative so as to retrieve the mandate validity given to me.”
According to him, “As you all know, we rightfully decided to challenge the governorship election results of March 9, 2019. Subsequently, the election petition tribunal and the Court of Appeal dismissed our petition on the grounds that the cornerstone of our case was a pre-election matter, thus, statute-barred.”
Akinlade continued, “Our conviction and believe in the legal system is unshaken despite the two previous judgments. Yesterday (Friday) the 15th of November, 2019, elders and leaders across the state met and unanimously agreed that we must approach the Supreme Court to further test the strength of our case.”
“Our counsels have studied reasons alluded by the Court of Appeal for upholding the rulings of the lower court and advised us accordingly.
I, therefore, state that we shall be approaching the Supreme Court for justice.”
He stressed, “Dear compatriots, it is pertinent to note that the show of strong character and principles come at a cost. At times like this, our desire to build a better future for our children and sustain the development that was experienced between 2011-2019 across the state must spur us above any personal or collective gratification that doing otherwise might bring.”
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