APM Rejects New Ogun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal

APM Rejects New Ogun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal
Mr Yusuf Dantalle addressing reporters in Abeokuta on April 29, 2019.

 

The Allied Peoples Movement (APM) has rejected the newly reconstituted Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Ogun State.

APM National chairman of the party, Yusuf Dantalle, announced this at a press briefing at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The Tribunal is led by Justice Josephine Coker who was appointed by the President of the Courts of Appeal, Mrs Zainab Bulkachuwa.

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Dantalle told reporters on Monday that the party’s rejection of Justice Coker was because of her alleged affiliation with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

In a petition to the President of the Courts of Appeal, APM and its governorship candidate, Mr Adekunle Akinlade, claimed that they may not get the desired justice with Justice Coker heading the Tribunal.

The APM chairman spoke to reporters barely two months after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declare Mr Dapo Abiodun of the APC as the winner of the governorship election.

Dissatisfied with the outcome of the exercise, Mr Akinlade and his party filed a petition at the Tribunal to challenge the victory of the governor-elect in the poll held on March 9.

APM Rejects Newly Reconstituted Election Petition Tribunal In Ogun

 

The Allied People’s Movement (APM), has rejected the newly reconstituted governorship election petition tribunal for Ogun state led by Justice Josephine Coker of the Lagos judiciary by the President of the Appeal court, Mrs. Zainab Bulkachuwa.

At a press briefing addressed by the National Chairman of the party, Yusuf Dantalle said the judge allegedly has affiliation with both Nigeria’s vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and a leader of the All Progressive Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu.

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Dantalle made this assertion at the party’s national secretariat in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

The party petitioned the President of the Court of Appeal, saying its governorship candidate in the just concluded 9th March governorship election, Mr. Adekunle Akinlade may not get the desired justice, hence the need for a new election tribunal.

‘No Distraction,’ Says Amosun After APM’s Election Loss

'No Distraction,' Says Amosun After APM's Election Loss

 

Governor Ibikunle Amosun says he has resolved to focus on governance after his ‘anointed candidate’ Adekunle Akinlade was defeated in the Ogun State governorship election.

He told reporters shortly after inspecting a project in the state that the outcome of the election would not make him relent in delivering the dividend of democracy to the people of the state.

“I’ve been in politics since 2000; so, when things like this happen, you have to just move on because the job is there to be done,” said the governor.

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He added, “Eyes on the ball, you don’t lose focus; no distraction. I told people that whatever the outcome, by Monday I’m back. I’m doing my work.

“Indeed, we are going to be working flat-out; day and night because those projects must be finished, even some of our roads will be finished.”

The governor said his administration was committed to completing all pending projects before the end of his tenure, after which he would head to the Senate.

He was specific about developing the state’s infrastructure, stressing that his government would complete all pending bridges except for one which he said they were struggling with.

Amosun, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had emerged as the party’s Ogun Central Senatorial District candidate in the party’s primary conducted in 2018.

He, thereafter, defeated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and other contestants in the February 23 election to win the seat in the National Assembly.

On the other hand, Akinlade who is a member of the House of Representatives defected to APM after he failed to win the ticket of the ruling party for the governorship election in Ogun.

He was defeated by the APC candidate, Dapo Abiodun, in the March 9 poll.

Ogun Polls: Adebutu Endorses Akinlade, Asks PDP Supporters To Vote APM

Ogun Polls: Adebutu Endorses Akinlade, Asks PDP Supporters To Vote APM

 

The drama in the Ogun State over who will succeed Governor Ibikunle Amosun took a new twist on Thursday, following an alliance between two political parties in the state.

This comes as a governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Ladi Adebutu, declares his support for the candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade.

The agreement was reached at a closed-door meeting between some factional leaders of the PDP and leaders of the APM in Abeokuta, the state capital.

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The PDP factional chairman, Mr Sikirulai Ogundele, told reporters after the meeting that they have adopted the APM candidate for Saturday’s governorship election while their supporters have been directed to follow suit.

He commended the leadership quality of the APM candidate, stressing that Akinlade remains the best candidate for the job.

Both Akinlade and Adebutu are members of the House of Representatives, representing Egbado South/Ipokia and Ikenne/Shagamu/Remo North federal constituencies respectively.

The APM candidate, who has Governor Amosun’s backing, defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) following Dapo Abiodun’s emergence as the ruling party’s candidate.

On his part, Adebutu decided to endorse Akinlade’s governorship bid after he lost the PDP ticket to Senator Buruji Kashamu, despite having the support of the party’s national leadership.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recognised Senator Kashamu following a series of legal battles over who can conduct primary elections in the state.

In the latest judgement on the matter, a Federal High Court in Abeokuta dismissed Adebutu’s suit challenging the nomination of Kashamu as the PDP governorship candidate.

Justice Abubakar Shittu, in his ruling on Wednesday, held that the case was statute-barred, having been caught up with the Forth Alteration.

He ruled that the cause of action arose on April 12, 2018, whereas the suit was filed in December 2018.

The judge had thereafter prohibited the plaintiffs in the suit from re-litigating the issue of who has the power to conduct primary elections of the PDP in Ogun State and submit the list of candidates.

Ogun Elections: I Am Ready For The Job, Says Akinlade

Ogun Elections: I Am Ready For The Job, Says Akinlade

 

The governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade, says he is fully prepared to serve the people.

He stated this over the weekend while briefing reporters in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Akinlade was confident that with his level of preparedness for the job, he would hit the ground running if elected in the governorship and house of assembly elections scheduled to hold on March 9.

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He believes he has an advantage over other candidates in the race, stressing that he is well informed with the realities and intricacies of running a government.

The APM candidate, who represents Egbado South and Ipokia federal constituencies in the House of Representatives, had relaunched his campaign following the postponement of the polls initially scheduled to hold on March 2.

Also during the media chat, he highlighted his proposed policies and strategic plans aimed at meeting the needs of the people of the state.

Amosun Reacts To Victory, Thanks Ogun People

Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun

 

Governor Ibikunle Amosun has commended security agencies for performing up to par in their job during last weekend’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The governor was declared the winner of Ogun Central Senatorial District in the early hours of Monday, February 25, after polling 88,110 votes to defeat his closest rival Solomon Sanyaolu of the Peoples Democratic Party who polled 33,276 votes.

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The result was announced by INEC’s returning officer, Professor Ayinde Akanbi.

The governor who dedicated his victory to the people of the state said the poll came and went peacefully in spite of speculations that it would be violence-ridden.He asked those who lost to take the result in good faith and work toward making the state stronger.

Governor Amosun promised to resume the campaign for his preferred governorship candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

Ogun Governorship Race: Gunmen Disrupt APM Campaign In Ikenne

Gunmen suspected to be political opponents of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) on Wednesday disrupted the party’s campaign train in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The gunmen during the attack shot into the air and disrupted the ward to ward campaign of the political party.

APM governorship candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, and his team were on their ward to ward campaign when gunshots were heard at a location near the ward they were visiting.

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This led to tension and panic among party supporters and passersby who scampered to safety.

The situation was, however, brought under control after the police and other security operatives intervened.

The APM candidate later addressed the few supporters left at the venue promising to make a return to Ikenne Local Government.

Akinlade in his address said the perpetrators of the attack have nothing to offer and that is why they are resorting to violence. He urged his supporters to be law abiding and not make any attempt to retaliate. He added that his party is resolute and will not be intimidated.

Ikenne is the hometown of Oladipupo Adebutu whose candidature is still in contention in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Dapo Abiodun.

General Elections: Amosun Assures Buhari Of “Massive Votes” From Ogun

 

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has assured President Muhammadu Buhari of massive votes from the state ahead of next month’s presidential election.

Addressing journalists on Sunday at the State House in Abuja, the governor said he is confident that President Buhari will coast to victory in the coming polls.

He said, “I think its proper for us to come and say Happy New Year to him and to reassure him of our unalloyed support and to ensure that in the coming election, in the context of the south-west, Ogun State is not left behind and that we are going to give him a massive vote that has never seen in the history of Ogun state.

“I know that Mr President has already won the election because if you see his work, it speaks for him”.

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Speaking further, he applauded the President for his efforts in boosting agriculture, infrastructure and the economy through various programmes.
According to him, through the initiatives, the middle class is gradually being brought back.

“Gradually, Mr President is bringing back the middle class through all the infrastructure that he is putting in place, the revolution that he is bringing to bear in agriculture, all the social safety nets that he is bringing on board, N-Power, Tradermoni and all of those things and gradually, the middle-class is coming back,” Amosun said.

2019 Elections: Amosun Leads APM Chairman To Meet With Buhari

Governor Ibikunle Amosun looks as APM National Chairman, Yusuf Dantalle, presents the party’s letter of adoption to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on December 24, 2018.

 

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday led the National Chairman of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Yusuf Dantalle, to the State House in Abuja.

During the visit, the governor and the party chairman met with President Muhammadu Buhari where Dantalle presented the APM’s letter of adoption to the president as their candidate in 2019.

Governor Amosun who briefed reporters after meeting with the President said, “Just last week, we made public the fact that APM has adopted the President as their presidential candidate and so, I promised that we will bring the letter.”

“They gave me a letter for Mr President and that is what we came to do today.”

The governor, however, refused to comment on threats by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to expel him.

He maintained that the decision to adopt the president as the flagbearer of the APM in the general elections was a unanimous one.

Dantalle validated Amosun’s claim about the adoption of the President, saying the decision was taken by the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party.

He explained that the APM took the decision because “We need Buhari to restore Nigeria back to its glory and where it needs to be.”

“This is not the Nigeria of my dream but Buhari is giving us the Nigeria that we require and we believe so much in him,” the APM chairman said.

He also revealed that he was the APC deputy governorship candidate in Kogi in 2015.

Highlights of the meeting are captured in the pictures below;

Video: Amosun’s Look-Alike Addresses Crowd At Ogun APM Campaign

A look-alike of Governor Ibikunle Amosun caused quite a stir when he showed up at the campaign flag-off of the Allied Peoples Movement, APM, in Ogun state. 

The APM is fielding a former aide of Governor Ibikunle Amosun to run in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

There was some buzz when the governor’s look-alike came up to the stage to address the crowd, as the people thought that the governor who is an APC chief had turned up for an opposition party’s rally.

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At the APM campaign which held in Abeokuta, the party adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate.

The National Chairman of the APM, Alhaji Yusuf Dantalle, presented the party’s flag for the number one office to Buhari.

Dantelle presented the flag to Buhari who was represented by the APM governorship candidate in the state, Adekunle Akinlade.

The party chieftain urged the people to stand up for their freedom and for the emancipation of their land.

APM Adopts Buhari As Presidential Candidate For 2019 Elections

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has been adopted as the presidential candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement, APM, in the 2019 elections.

At the Party’s flag-off campaign in Ogun state on Thursday, the National Chairman of the APM, Alhaji Yusuf Dantalle, presented the party’s flag for the number one office to Buhari.

Dantelle presented the flag to Buhari who was represented by the APM governorship candidate in the state, Adekunle Akinlade.

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The party chieftain urged the people to stand up for their freedom and for the emancipation of their land.

He told the party faithfuls that: “On behalf of the APM family and the people of Ogun State, Baba is the next president of Nigeria. This flag is for Baba, President Muhammadu Buhari.

“With the mandate of the entire APM family, this flag signifies the adoption of President Buhari as the presidential candidate of Ogun State and Nigeria.”

Responding to the gesture, Akinlade thanked the APM chairman and assured him that he would deliver the flag to the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress and the Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

APM’s Akinlade Confident Of Winning Ogun Governorship Election

 

The governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State, Mr Adekunle Akinlade is confident that his party will produce the next governor in the 2019 general elections.

Akinlade who was initially an aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that produced Mr Dapo Abiodun, described the party’s primary as “the falsification of the people’s will.”

According to him, his new party is positioned to succeed and sustain the rebuilding the legacies of outgoing Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

Adekunle Akinlade

The APM unveiled Akinlade as its governorship candidate on Monday and also inaugurated a campaign team at Abeokuta the state capital, insisting that its decision is informed by a strong desire of the people of Ogun State.

He said, “APM, our great party will produce the next governor come March 2, 2019. It is not necessarily the platform but the people. It is not me, Kunle Akinlade but the people of Ogun State.

“They have said very clearly that this mandate is their mandate and they will stand by that mandate come March 2, 2019.”

Akinlade stressed that the APM has come to stay in Ogun, adding that vigorous campaign will be pursued by the party to ensure victory at the 2019 poll.

In his remarks, the Director General of Akinlade Campaign Organisation, Sarafa Ishola, explained that he decided to team up with the APM to correct injustice meted out to Akinlade and by extension Ogun West senatorial district by the APC.

Ishola, a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), said APM will not only mobilise and vote for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari but will also ensure Governor Amosun wins his senatorial contest under APC.