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Governorship candidates in Ogun state under the umbrella of the League of Registered Political Parties has called on the Governorship candidate of the Allied People Movement, APM Hon. Abdulkabir Akinlade to withdraw his ‘needless’ petition filed against the victory of the Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dapo Abiodun.
The Governorship candidate said this on Monday at a Press conference where they explained that the withdrawal of the petition will benefit the people of the state as it ( the petition) existence has being serving as a means of distraction to the Governor.
The APM candidate is currently contesting the victory of the APC’s candidate at Tribunal describing the victory as a daylight robbery.
Speaking for his colleagues, the Governorship candidate of the Independent Democrats, during the 2019 Governorship election Adebayo Mosuro said the last election was credible enough and shouldn’t be contested in the interest of the state.
Mosuro said “as stakeholders and key participants in the governorship election, we hereby confirm to the whole world that the election was peaceful and credible.
“We are highly surprised to see that a very fair Governorship election of the 9th of March 2019 is now challenged at the tribunal by APM.
“Recognising the fact that APM is a registered political party, it can seek a redress however, in the spirit of sportsmanship, all of us can not be a winner at the same time. We hereby appeal to the leadership of APM and it’s candidate to as a matter of urgency withdraw the needless petition in the spirit of oneness and togetherness to build a new Ogun state of our dream”.
Meanwhile in his swift reaction, the spokesperson of the APM, Olumide Balogun disagreed with the request saying the party will not withdraw its petition.
Olumide also added that the democratic system practiced in the country gave the room to seek a court redress if dissatisfied by the result of an election.
“They can’t tell us to withdraw our case because it is not their power, we are in a Democratic dispensation where you can always approach the court for redress if dissatisfied with the outcome of an election.
“What are they afraid of, they should wait and let the court decide, is a rule of fair play. They should be calm and let the court decide.
” for now our response to their request is a capital no”. He added
Governorship candidates present at the briefing include; Olawale Olayemi,All Grassroot Alliance (AGA), Oduneye Ridwan,People Party of Nigeria (PPN), Oduwaiye Adebayo, MEGA party, Mosuro Adebayo, Independent Democrats (I.D), Afolashade Adejumo,Change Advocacy Party, (CAP), Adeshina Abraham,Peoples Progressives Party (PPP), Ogbemi Banjo ,Peoples Trust, (P.T ) and Femi Falana, United Progressive Party(UPP).