The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday, dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade.
Akinlade filed the petition against the state governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dapo Abiodun.
In a unanimous decision, the Appeal Court justices said the appeal “lacks merit and it is therefore struck out.”
Reading the lead judgment, Justice Muhammed Danjuma, declared that the 10 grounds filed by Akinlade and his party challenging Abiodun’s victory had no merit.
“The respective objections raised by the two respondents are overruled and the motions have no remit, answers to them are sustained and the two motions are dismissed,” Justice Danjuma said.
Reacting to the judgment, the state chairman of the APC, Chief Yemi Sanusi, said, “The judgment says it all. In this part of the world, nobody accepts defeat. We will not be surprised if they move from here to the Supreme Court and we are ready; anytime they want to see us, they will meet us there.”
Counsel for the APC and Abiodun, Habeeb Ajayi, appreciated the court for delivering the judgment in good time.
Ajayi said, “We must appreciate the court for delivering the judgment in good time. Elections have been held and a winner has emerged. We must learn to accept defeat in all circumstances.
“There was no reason why we should be in this appeal. But thank God that the Court of Appeal has delivered its judgment in favour of the respondent and have equally confirmed that Dapo Abiodun is the governor of Ogun State by lawful votes.”
The Director-General, Dapo Abiodun Campaign Organisation and a former deputy governor of Ogun State, Segun Adesegun, said with the court judgment, the governor would be more relaxed to do his job.