By Milcah Tanimu
The Supreme Court has reserved judgment in the legal battle over the Ogun State governorship election between Governor Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his challenger, Oladipupo Adebutu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The appellants, Adebutu and PDP, are seeking to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections in 99 polling units where elections were allegedly canceled.
The lead counsel for the appellants argued that the issue of election cancellation in the 99 polling units was never denied by INEC. He asserted that the governor and APC were wrongfully declared winners when fresh elections had not been conducted in those units. The appellants’ legal team emphasized that the votes at the 99 polling units, totaling more than 40,000, could determine the actual winners of the Ogun governorship poll.
However, counsel to INEC and the APC urged the Supreme Court to dismiss the appeal. They contended that the purported documents on election cancellation presented by the appellants were invalid and lacked probative value.
The Appeal Court had earlier affirmed Governor Abiodun’s re-election, but the Supreme Court’s judgment will be awaited to determine the final outcome of the legal dispute.