The Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Friday upheld the victory of Ibikunle Amosun as the duly elected Governor of the state.
It also dismissed the petition brought by Gboyega Isiaka, the Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the April poll, and his party.
The tribunal Chairperson, Henry Olusiyi, while delivering a judgement that lasted more than four hours, at the Court located in Isabo, Abeokuta, said the principal witnesses of the petitioners were inconsistent and could not be relied upon.
Mr. Olusiyi said the petitioners presented a statistician and not a forensic expert, so his competency on the analysis of the data could not be relied upon.
Mr. Olusiyi explained reasons the tribunal could not rely on most of the exhibits submitted by the petitioners, saying tendering documents without logical argument and genuine evidences is not tenable.
The tribunal ruled that the petitioners relied so much on written evidence and not oral evidence, citing Abubakar versus Yar’adua 2007, Amosun versus INEC, 2007 and Buhari versus Obasanjo 2003, to support the position of the tribunal.
He also added that the petitioners failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that elections in the nine out of the 20 local governments of the state were marred by irregularities.
The petitioners, in their arguments, claimed that elections in Obafemi- Owode, Odeda, Ewekoro, Ado-Odo/Ota, Remo North, Sagamu, Abeokuta North and South were marred by irregularities.
In his reaction to the judgement, Governor Amosun said his victory was for the people of the state
Mr. Amosun said it was an attestation that his election was truly only made possible by the good people of Ogun State.
He said if the trial were to be conducted 20 times over, he and the All Progressives Congress would come out victorious because he was voted for massively by the people of Ogun State.
The governor also commended the judiciary and indeed members of the Justice Henry Olusiyi-led panel that sat over the petitions for the professional manner ithey carried out their duties without fear or favour.
Mr. Amosun said the mission to rebuild Ogun State “is a task that should be embraced by all patriotic citizens of Ogun irrespective of political and ideological differences.”
The Governorship candidate of the PDP, Gboyega Isiaka, could not be reached to comment on the judgment.
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