The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, has on Monday, dismissed two petitions file by two political parties, Action People’s Party (APP) and the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) against the reelection of Prince Dapo Abiodun during the March 18 governorship election.
The APP had filed its Petition challenging the return of Dapo Abiosunt as the Governor-Elect in the Ogun State Governorship Election held on 18 March, 2023. It however deposed in its application for discontinuation moved this morning that “upon the re-evaluation of the grounds and facts of the Petition, the Petitioner is not reasonably convinced about the sustainability of the grounds of the Petition as presently constituted before this Honourable Tribunal.”
APP declared that the withdrawal of the Petition is based on the fact that upon a further evaluation of the Petition, the Petitioner had found that the Respondent won the highest number of lawful votes as duly recognised by INEC and permitted by law.”
On its own, the NNPP Chairman in the state, Sunday Oginni had disclosed that the party, which filed a petition against Abiodun before the Tribunal over the alleged omission of the party’s logo on the ballot papers for the governorship election by INEC was ready to withdraw. “The New Nigeria Peoples Party, Ogun State chapter under the leadership of Comrade Olaposi Oginni Sunday hereby step out of court and withdraw the suit with petition number: EPT/OG/GOV/01/2023,” he announced.
“We came to realise that on that same date (March 18) despite the fact that the INEC did not comply with an electoral act that stipulated that the name and logo must be on the ballot. The electorates still manage to vote for some of NNPP’s candidates and some of our candidates won in some places. For example, in Kano State, the governorship candidate of our party and candidates of NNPP for the house of assembly and Reps were declared winners”, Ogini said.
The Chairman of the Tribunal upheld the applications of the two party and dismissed the petitions accordingly