By Michael Adesanya/ Abeokuta
The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on Friday dismissed the appeal filed by Labour Party against the election of Prince Dapo Abiodun as Governor of Ogun State at the last governorship election.
The LP went to appeal after losing at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta.
The Tribunal panel, led by Justice Ali Halilu, dismissed the LP’s case based on the provisions of paragraph 46(3) of the Schedule to the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended.
The Appeal was filed by Mrs Modupe Sanyaolu and Labour Party against the Governor, APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking the leave of the Tribunal to reverse itself by re-listing the Petition.
The Appeal Court, according to a statement by Governor Abiodun’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin during its ruling, described the Labour Party’s repeated challenge of the Governorship election results that produced Governor Abiodun as lacking merit and outrightly frivolous.
The statement added that the Appeal Court upheld the submission of Abiodun and All Progressives Congress (APC) counsel, Barrister Wale Abeeb Ajayi that the Governor was duly elected and calling for the invalidation of the poll that returned him could not stand legal requirements for nullification of elections.
Ajayi, counsel to Governor Dapo Abiodun, described the verdict as “victory for democracy. The Appeal like the petition was bound to fail. It was dead on arrival”.
The labour Party, Ajayi added, “did not submit the details of the Deputy Governorship candidate to INEC; failed to raise any complaint before the election and failed to sue INEC before electioneering. How can they now bring up a pre-election matter for adjudication when the election had been won and lost?.
“They also failed to appear at the tribunal on the date fixed for hearing of the frivolous petition on unfounded excuses. The tribunal has done the needful by dismissing the Petition in the first instance. Consequently, the application to relist lacks merits and tribunal rightly refused same.”