Judgement Day: Adebutu, Abiodun to know fate on Saturday

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On Saturday, the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Abeokuta will give its decision in the petition brought by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate Ladi Adebutu against Governor Dapo Abiodun.

The PDP and Adebutu are contesting Abiodun’s victory in the State’s March 18 governorship election.

After receiving 276,298 votes, INEC pronounced Abiodun the victor. Adebutu received 262,38 votes, and Biyi Otegbeye of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) finished in a distant third place with 9, 4754 votes.

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Adebutu had requests in the petition that the court declare him winner of the election and

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asked the court to instruct INEC to hold new elections at 99 polling places spread across 41 wards and 16 local government areas of the State where polls had either been postponed or cancelled as a result of disturbance and excessive voting.

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The tribunal had on September 4 reserved its decision after the parties adopted their final addresses.

The tribunal presided  by Hamidu Kunaza, informed the parties that the “judgement is reserved until a date to be communicated to parties.”

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On Wednesday, Ogunwatch learned that the panel had scheduled the judgement for Saturday.

This was confirmed in Abeokuta by the secretary of the Tribunal, Mrs. Ezenta Obioma.

Ezenta said that the Tribunal, which started meeting in June, has set Saturday, September 30, for the delivery of its ruling.

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