Mr Dapo Abiodun, the current Governor of Ogun State and his supporters are gripped with fear and panic over the on going Ogun State governorship tussles at the State Election Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta. Today Monday 19th August 2019 marks the long awaited day when the counsels to the petitioner and defendant will file their written addresses, paving way for the final announcement of the date for the judgment.
The governorship tussle has generated a lot of fears and tension within the camp of Mr Dapo Abiodun. Fears arising from the revelations and evidences of how elections were manipulated to earn him victory which are already placed before the election tribunal. The evidences are overwhelming and some people say it will be a miracle for the counsels of Mr Dapo Abiodun to turn the legal table in his favour.
One other legal issue that is confronting Mr Dapo Abiodun is the case of pejury levied against him which was also introduced into the case at the tribunal. Mr Dapo Abiodun is alleged to have submitted two sets of conflicting information to INEC in 2015 when he contested into the Senate and 2019 when he contested for the governorship of Ogun State. Mr Dapo Abiodun in 2015 under oath said he studied at University of Ife, Ife. This he later expunged from his data in 2019. This is also enough fear for him going by the supreme court judgment of July 2019 which nullified the election of an Adamawa PDP federal representative on the premise of pejury and falsification of information in two INEC forms. If precedence in Supreme Court judgment is anything to hold on then Mr Dapo Abiodun governorship seat is indeed threatened!
The fears in Dapo Abiodun political camp is palpable because out of 20 witnesses he proposed to present in support of his case only three eventually appeared and the three were incoherent in their submission. INEC also appeared not to help the matter for Mr Dapo Abiodun as the commission could not counter the deluge of facts presented by Mr AbdulKabir Akinlade of Allied Peoples Movement.
With the submission of written addresses today, it is expected that Tribunal may deliver its ruling within the next one month. Until the ruling is done there the fears and anxiety will heightened to a feverish level.