ABEOKUTA – The Ogun State chapter of the Labour Party (LP) has condemned the dismissal of its petition challenging the election of Prince Dapo Abiodun as Governor of the State by the State Election Petition Tribunal, describing it as “a pre-determined political conspiracy”.
The LP had filed a petition marked EPT/GOV/03/2019 at the tribunal to challenge the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for alleged unlawful exclusion of the Party’s candidate from contesting during the election in the State.
But the Tribunal on Friday struck out the petition for lack of diligent prosecution.
The Chairman of LP, Comrade Abayomi Arabambi in a statement in Abeokuta on Saturday disclosed that the party has concluded plans to file for an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Ibadan.
Arabambi who vowed to pursue the case to a logical conclusion, said, “We are assuring the public that nothing has changed, the case is alive and has been appealed already before the court of appeal in Ibadan”.
He said his party had written several letters to the President of the Courts of Appeal, Hon. Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa requesting that the Tribunal be relocated to Abuja for the safety of the lives of the petitioners and that of their witnesses.
Arabambi said, “The Labour Party’s petition is straight forward enough. In the Governorship election, the INEC omitted the name and Logo of Labour Party in the ballot paper and Dapo Abiodun as the considered winner of the election was illegally installed”.
“We want to reiterate our commitment in the Judiciary of Nigeria just as we would not allow the corrupt few in the system to infiltrate justice in connivance with some unholy politicians in disguise”, Arabambi added.