The Ogun state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised the defeated governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Mr. Oladipupo Adebutu not to kill himself over his forlorn governorship ambition.
Reacting to media reports which quoted Adebutu as saying he might be killed over the outcome of the governorship election held on the 18th of March 2023 and his challenge of same, the APC, in a statement issued in Abeokuta Tuesday by its Publicity Secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, said, “We read with shock the alarm raised by Mr. Adebutu that he might be killed over the outcome of the governorship election and his quest to challenge same at the tribunal.
“As a progressive party and government, we pride ourselves as people who are irrevocably committed to the plurality of opinions, the freedom of choice and association which our constitution and democracy provide.
“That choice has been freely and democratically exercised on the 18th of March, 2023 governorship and House of Assembly elections. It is very ridiculous that Candidate Adebutu threw a lavish party to celebrate the nine seats won by his party in the House of Assembly elections which was lost to it by the APC, while he had problems with the House of Assembly seats and governorship won by the APC. This kind of petty and unsportsmanlike politics with not help our state; a state of many firsts in Nigeria.
“All the resort to red herrings, cheap blackmail and futile propaganda will not help him achieve what he could not achieve through the ballot even with documented inducements and several breaches of the Electoral Act.
“We know how it feels to have expended so much family resources in the past 20 years or thereabout pursuing a forlorn ambition, especially when you are already been called ‘His Excellency’ with some paraphernalia of office. It is a very bitter pill to swallow now that reality is setting in. How long will you continue to delude yourself in answering to ‘His Excellency’ without actually having a taste of the position, power and perks of the office? We can feel Mr. Adebutu’s pains and vacuity.
“However, we urge him not to kill himself over his failed governorship ambition. He should take heart and accept his defeat at the polls in good faith, knowing full well that the next election circle will soon be here in four years.
“It is our prayer that the Almighty God will keep him till then to witness that truly ‘Igbega Ipinle Ogun has continued’ (i.e. the development of Ogun state has continued.)”