Let Adebutu come out of his hiding to answer criminal charges against him-Ogun APC fires back at PDP - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Let Adebutu come out of his hiding to answer criminal charges against him-Ogun APC fires back at PDP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state has advised the 2023 governorship candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ladi Adebutu, “to be man enough to face the criminal charges preferred against him by the Federal Government and stop sounding like a broken record.”

The ruling party in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Hon Tunde Oladunjoye stated this while reacting to the opposition party's allegation that the State Police Command was not willing to make public the report of the vote buying allegation it has leveled against APC and its governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun during March 18 governorship election in the state.

The PDP Chairman in the state had alleged that though, the police had made report of similar allegation by APC against the party and its governorship candidate, Hon Ladipupo Adebutu public but it has refused to give same treatment to the findings of their own petition said to have been dated May 2, 2023.

The opposition party Chairman, Hon Sikirulahi Ogundele while addressing members of the press at the party secretariat, Abeokuta on Monday had alleged that they could sense that the APC and Gov Abiodun were doing all that were within their powers to ensure that the report of the allegation of votes buying leveled against the ruling party and the governor never saw light of the day.

The PDP has therefore said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abiodun Alamutu must within 72 hours release the report of the allegation to the public.

However, APC Spokesman in the state,  Tunde Oladunjoye while reacting to the PDP posture said, "The PDP has nothing new to say. We have gone through the porous press statement and we cannot find anything more than the trite excuses, false claims and contradictions of the defeated candidate who has been on the run from the law since his invitation by the Police.”

He said “By now, even the media would be tired of the monotonous noise of these losers. A party, whose candidate has shunned Police invitation, fled the country and attempted to stop his trial, is unabashedly making false accusations and preemptively blackmailing the Police. The desperate press conference was held after the court has thrown out same spurious claims canvassed”

“When the Police invited the suspect, he fled abroad and told the Police he was going for medicals and his return could only be determined by his doctor. Then he told the public  that his life was threatened and he has therefore fled to an unknown destination.

“Few weeks after, he approached the court and filed a motion stopping Police from 'inviting', 'interviewing' or 'detaining' him over allegations of votes-buying through the printing and distribution of 200,000 pieces of Verve ATM cards preloaded with N10,000 credit and totaling N2 billion. He also wanted the court to ask the Police to defer the trial till after the conclusion of his petition at the Tribunal in Abeokuta.

“In the process of serial lies and contradictions, Adebutu has even lied under oath, committed perjury and he certainly has a date to keep with the law.  For someone who kept boasting that his father’s  money can do anything, the recent meaningless press conference is perhaps an indication that money has failed him in buying the law.”

The party advised the Ogun state PDP and its defeated governorship candidate to stop wasting their time on a lost battle but rather “concentrate their energies and resources on defending themselves of the weighty criminal charges hanging round their necks, and to which many of their conspirators have confessed to.”

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