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Inter Party Advisory Council tells Adebutu to return home to defend vote buying allegations

The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Ogun State, has called on Governorship Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon Ladi  Adebutu to return to Nigeria to come and face criminal charges of vote buying during the March 18,2023 Governorship election.

Penpushing reports that the Chairman of the Council Engr. Samson Okusanya gave the charge at a press conference, adding that it is right time for Adebutu to stop his sojourn abroad as a fugitive, having lost at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) stressed that rather than engage in plan to approach supreme court, having failed in his bid to unseat Governor Dapo Abiodun, it is honourable for him to return home and defend himself  following allegations of vote buying and money laundering levelled against him by security agencies.

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“It’s a known fact that Mr Adebutu is being hunted by the vote-buying allegations which have been investigated by different relevant agencies thus it is expedient for him to turn himself in, the council emphasized

Penpushing further reports that the council stressed that by now, it should have dawned on Adebutu that  Ogun State is not a commodity for purchase, having been caught in the web of vote buying which has now turned to his nightmare

The Council however, commended the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in the State over Saturday’s verdict, which upheld the election of Governor Dapo Abiodun, and  described the statement credited to Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) after the judgement, which discredited the verdict, as docile and out of crass ignorance from political merchants.

Penpushing also reports that Okusanya said contrary to the claims made by Adebutu and his team of lawyers that the verdict of the Tribunal was based on technicalities, the rulings were predicated on fairness and objectivity on the point of law.

‘Ogun State IPAC  wouldn’t have dignified this beer parlour publication laced with deliberate falsehood or considered it necessary to react to such an epistle of personal bitterness, ignorance and complete unintelligent outburst from those political traders, buccaneers, scavengers, emergency democrats, political predators, misfits and pedestrian politicians, but for the benefit of the few in the public who may innocently be misinformed by this ethically rusty and morally depraved social misfit and miscreant’s.

‘We find their arguments empty and blind, where they claimed they were perplexed by the Tribunal’s reliance on technicalities involving procedural issues and semantics of the interpretation of words over the substance and core realities of the case’.

‘Ladi Adebutu and his team of lawyers ought to have known that law and facts are not based on technicalities but rather on fairness and objectivity of the legal process which stipulates that the petitioner ought to have front-loaded certain information in the petition. Or did our laws not state emphatically that he who alleges must prove

‘The Tribunal’s verdict on Ladi Adebutu’s petition clearly revealed that the petition contained so many procedural flaws with antecedents’ interpretation of words. The subsequent dismissal of the substantive suits is therefore right in the eyes of the law’, the council stated.

Penpushing reports that the Inter Party Advisory Council while describing the verdict as a watershed and point of refence commended members of the panel for treating the petitions on their merits and with analytical minds.

The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) at the press conference called on other political parties to join hands with Governor Dapo Abiodun to move the State to enviable heights, rather than sitting on the fence.

‘We salute the judiciary and most importantly the members of the Tribunal led by Justice Kunaza and other members for a job well done. The judgment was indeed a watershed as it was deep, analytical and fair in all ramifications. We make bold to say it is worthy of emulation.

‘At this juncture, we call on the 3 remaining opposition parties in Ogun State to support the dream of H.E Prince Dapo Abiodun, CON, to further move Ogun State forward. The wishes of the people of Ogun State have been upheld by the Tribunal and as such, all well-meaning stakeholders in the state must drop their hatchets and join Governor Abiodun’s march to prosperity.

Penpushing further reports that it is recalled that Adebutu and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had petitioned the tribunal citing some alleged irregularities, and subsequently, the 3-man panel, in its ruling that lasted for more than 11 hours unanimously dismissed all the three grounds canvassed by the petitioners, for lack of merit and incompetence.

‘We, therefore, congratulate Prince Dapo Abiodun, CON, for the victory of Saturday, and urge him to continue to demonstrate good leadership in Ogun State and remain focused on transforming the State’, the group stated

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