The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has again suffer a legal setback, as the Ogun State Election Petitions Tribunal on Thursday dismissed application by the party and its Governorship Candidate, Hon Ladi Adebutu seeking to strike out Governor Dapo Abiodun’s prayers establishing vote buying allegations against them.
Penpushing reports that, it is recalled that the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) had previously established allegation of electoral fraud against the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) candidate, Ladi Adebutu, and his party, allegedly perpetrated during the March 18 , 2023 Governorship election in the state.
The Nigeria Police Force acting on what it termed a plethora of evidences at its disposal through discreet investigation and the confessions of some members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who were caught in action, criminal charges were filed against Adebutu, and his party, as well as Zenith Bank, with the police accusing them of gross criminal conspiracy and money laundering during the polls.
Penpushing further reports that as at the time the criminal case was established against Adebutu and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) he was reported to have travelled abroad for what was called medical visitation
The ruling, which was delivered by a member, Hon. Justice J.B. Egele and supported by the Chairman Hon Justice H N Kunaza and the other member Hon. Justice Sannusi Shehu, the tribunal held that Governor Abiodun was not restricted to the same issues that Adebutu and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raised in their petition.
Penpushing also reports that the tribunal equally held that in any event, vote buying is in the same family as corrupt practices, which is a ground on which Adebutu and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) filed their petition, and accordingly dismissed the application.
Meanwhile, following this ruling, Governor Abiodun is free to present evidence of vote buying by Adebutu and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the criminal charges against the politician is set to commence.
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