Ogun PDP gives police 72 hours to release report of vote buying allegation against Gov Abiodun, APC - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Ogun PDP gives police 72 hours to release report of vote buying allegation against Gov Abiodun, APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ogun State, has said that it was getting uncomfortable with the reluctance of the state police command under the leadership of the new Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu to release to the public the report of allegation of vote buying as levelled by the opposition party against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate,  Dapọ Abiodun during the March 18 governorship election.

The party disclosed that it was well aware that Gov Dapo Abiodun and his party, APC were allegedly putting  unbearable pressure while also threatening the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu and his officers to allegedly suppress the release and distort the findings of the Investigation ordered by the the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Baba Alkali based on the opposition party's petition dated May 2, 2023.

The Ogun State Chairman of the party, Hon Sikirulahi Ogundele who disclosed this while adddresing journalists at the party secretariat, Abeokuta on Monday also disclosed that the opposition party gave the police 72 hours ultimatum to make public the report of the vote buying allegation against Gov Abiodun and the ruling party.

Hon Ogundele said that "in support of our petition and in addition to the evidence made available to the police by our party which have aided a thorough investigation of our petition, the police questioned enough witnesses, got facts and information which we believed to have enriched the report that had since been concluded yet the police have refused to submit and release the findings and report of the investigation".

He said "Information at our disposal indicates that the findings clearly established the diversion of Ogun State funds for the purpose of buying votes to ensure the re-election of Dapo Abiodun, who was roundly rejected by the majority of the Ogun State electorate which led the governor and APC to resort to ballot snatching, poll disruption,  destruction of electoral materials as well as physical attacks on supporters and sympathizers of our party, PDP".
Ogundele said whereas the same police who allegedly without interviewing or taking statements from those the APC had levelled allegations of vote buying hurriedly sent in an interim report and released same to the press.
PDP also faulted Federal Ministry of Justice for allegedly conducting itself in a most unprofessional manner and in clear abuse of its prosecutorial powers with the charging of its governorship candidate, Adebutu and other supporters before the State High Court based on the incomplete and inchoate investigation report when they clearly lacked the power under Section 145(2) of the Electoral Act 2022 to prosecute elctoral offence.
The party Chairman said "the powers to prosecute  electoral offences is exclusively the preserve of  the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC). The partisan and unprofessional action of the Federal Ministry of justice under the control of members of the APC was designed for media sensationalism to allegedly influence the ongoing petition against Dapo Abiodun and the APC at the Ogun State Governorship Election Tribunal"
"The police who hurriedly submitted an Interim report to aid the untoward and unwholesome design of the APC to intimidate us and our candidate to withdraw and abandon our election petition is now unwilling to release the report of the investigation of our petition, to give room for the report to be distorted and manipulated against the actual findings of the investigation.  

"APC supporters have openly been boasting that the report of the investigation will be manipulated and will not see the light of the day. And that whatever the actual facts the report will exonerate Dapo Abiodun and APC. We did not believe the boast, however,  the delay in the submission and release of the report have given us concern that the boast might be true after all.
"The President had at the ECOWAS Summit before the whole world pledge his commitment to Democracy and the Rule of Law. The rule of law is the equal treatment of all before the law without bias and favouritism, irrespective of political affiliation. We believe how the report of this investigation is handled will be a litmust test of that commitment and pledge before the whole world.

"We warn that findings of the Investigation should not be tampered with and distorted.  Let the world know what transpired days before and during the March 18, 2023 governorship election In Ogun State. The interim report of the APC petition against us have been submitted and released. Let the report of our own be submitted and released. What is good for the gander is good for the goose.

"We Call on the police in Ogun State to submit the report of the investigation as it is. We will not accept any distorted and manipulated report.
"The Inspector General Police should be the true tiger against crime that he has promised. We urge him to ensure that the findings are not distorted and manipulated.  And that those who have committed criminal Infractions of looting Ogun State government funds to buy votes, engage thugs to snatch ballot boxes and papers and destroy them and cause harm to our supporters and sympathisers are brought to book", the statement concluded.

When contacted for the reaction on the allegation, the Police Public Relation Officer for the Ogun State command, Omolola Odutola said "This is a civil case, I honestly don’t know anything about it".

The Spokesman of the APC in the state, Hon Tunde Oladunjoye has however described the PDP allegation as nothing but laughable, tomfoolery, after thought and figment of imagination of the opposition party.

Speaking with our Correspondent, Hon Oladunjoye disclosed that rather than Hon Ladipupo Adebutu to come out from his hiding place and answer the charges against him, he was making baseless allegations.

He said "this no doubt is laughable. Let Adebutu come out of hiding and make his case. Their claim is tomfoolery and an afterthought.
Someone who shunned police invitation and fled abroad on the pretext that he was going for medical checkups, whereas he has been seen in a video partying at a London night club, yet he feels the police should take orders from him".

"His father could be stupendously rich, but money cannot buy everything. The earlier Adebutu answers to the criminal charges against him, the better for him. Or for how long will he continue to be on the run? Oladunjoye queried.

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