Ogun state Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has described the decision of the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal dismissing the petition filed by the Labour Party (LP) in Ogun State as a welcome development
The Tribunal had on Friday, dismissed the petition filed by the Labour Party for lack of diligent prosecution by the petitioners. The petitioners, their witnesses and their counsel were all absent at the Tribunal on the day earlier agreed for the commencement of Trial.
APC Ogun Caretaker Committee’s Publicity Secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, in a press statement released in Abeokuta on Friday not only described the decision of the Tribunal as a “welcome development”, but also the inability of LP to prosecute its petition as “not unexpected”.
“It is expected because the rag-tag party who could not even fill candidates for half of the elective positions at the last elections, deliberately waited till after the elections to resort to blackmail, arm twisting and other undemocratic tactics. We all know in Ogun State that LP is a shaky platform that springs up in each election year to extort gullible politicians and rabble-rouse”, the party said.
Oladunjoye while remarking that “it is the beauty of democracy that gives room for mushrooming and toddler-parties to waste time and resources at the Tribunal over an election attested to by people with conscience as free and fair, observed that “it was therefore unfortunate that when this set of people and their collaborators vamp-up one excuse or the other to abandon their much touted petitions”.
“We commend the courageous decision of the Tribunal, which was in tandem with Section 46(3) of the First Schedule to the provision of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which entitled the respondent to final judgement for failure of the petitioner to attend the tribunal for the hearing of the petition”, the statement concluded.