‘My Joy Is Unquantifiable’, Dapo Abiodun Celebrates Joshua’s World Heavyweight Victory

Photo combination of Governor Dapo Abiodun and World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua


The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has congratulated world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua for reclaiming his IBF, WBA and WBO titles in a re-match with his opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr.

Joshua on Saturday outclassed Ruiz, 118-110 on two scorecards with the third judge making it 119-109, to score a unanimous points victory and reclaimed his titles in emphatic fashion.

Mr. Abiodun in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, felicitated with Joshua saying the boxer had shown the “Ogun standard of excellence by reclaiming all the titles in the re-match with his opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr.”

An elated Abiodun said that the Ogun-born Joshua made Nigerians proud and restored confidence that the Nation will be great again.

“I congratulate Anthony on this successful outing. May he continue with the winning streak ad infinitum,” Abiodun prayed.

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Governor Abiodun said the bout kept sleep away from the eyes of many admirers of AJ worldwide, especially the people of Ogun State.

He noted that the Sagamu-born boxer outclassed Andy Ruiz Jr over 12 rounds “to compensate them and reassured us that hard work pays.”

“My joy is unquantifiable,” he said, adding that “our government has always dimensioned sports as not only a unifying factor but a socio-economic imperative.”

The Governor, however, attributed the outcome to the manifestation of God’s love for the people of the State who prayed ceaselessly for AJ, that the nightmarish experience of New York earlier in the year be reversed.

“God still answers prayers. We return all the glory to God Almighty for granting our hearts’ desires and ceaseless prayers for our brother, Anthony Joshua, to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.”

“All of us in the State, irrespective of our religious affiliations prayed for his success. That the feat happened in Saudi Arabia doubly excites me. God answered us,” an excited Governor Abiodun enthused.

He also lauded Anthony Joshua for his determination, hard work,  resilience and focus which he described as virtues ingrained in the DNA of Ogun people.

“He has made us proud by exhibiting these traits and the can-do spirit of Ogun people,” Abiodun added.

This victory, noted Abiodun, should inspire other aspiring champions of Ogun State origin to do more. “On our part”, the Governor said, “we would provide the necessary incentives to all our ambitious young men and women to become world champions in all considerable areas of sports – not only in boxing.”

“We are poised to fix our stadia, upgrade facilities, train sportsmen and women, motivate coaches and develop talents starting from the grassroots.”

He called on all stakeholders to be concerned about hunting for and developing talents. Abiodun noted that with sports, more people would be pulled out of poverty, while insecurity, social strife, and crimes would be kept in check.

Appeal Court Victory, A Triumph Of Truth – Dapo Abiodun

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Photo: [email protected]



Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Monday lauded the judgement of the Court of Appeal which affirmed his victory in the March 9 governorship election.

The appellate court in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital had affirmed the election of the governor who contested on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

It upheld the judgement of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which validated Abiodun’s victory and set aside the appeal filed by the candidate of the Allied People’s Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade.

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In a statement hours after the judgement, Governor Abiodun described the ruling as a victory of truth and democracy while thanking the judiciary for being unbiased in its verdict.

The governor also thanked his legal team for their exemplary professionalism and the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its support.

He also commended party supporters across the 236 wards of the state for conducting themselves in a civilised manner.

Governor Abiodun noted that scores of political parties have joined forces with his administration, saying they would continue to keep open the window of fellowship to others in the interest of the state.

He, therefore, called on those aggrieved as a result of the outcome of the poll to sheath their swords and support his administration, if indeed the motive was to serve the people of the state.

Read the full statement below:

Today’s victory is a triumph of truth and democracy.  I give all the glory to the Almighty God, for I remain a testimony to his faithfulness.

We specially thank our team of lawyers led by Professor. Taiwo Osipitan for their exemplary professionalism, diligence and masterful delivery of points of law.

We appreciate the leadership of our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC), for their steadfastness and support.

In addition we wish to express our sincere appreciation to the judiciary once again for playing its role as impartial arbiter with courage, fairness and candour.

We are equally grateful for the solidarity and unwavering support of the APC faithful across the 236 wards of our state and their Omoluwabi conduct throughout this tortuous journey to the land of total victory.

May we also applaud the sincerity of all the other 80 parties that have, even before now, responded positively to our hands of fellowship.

Like true sportsmen and women, they have continued to identify with our government and only last week passed their vote of confidence in us.

We will continue to keep open the window of fellowship to all political actors and indeed all interest groups.

This victory has rekindled our drive to do more in Building Our Future Together agenda and every village, hamlet, town or city will not be left out in the scheme of our inclusive development.

Life is hinged on hope, our administration has restored hope to the people and we shall not relent until every citizen of the state attains individual prosperity whilst ensuring adequate security and putting the state on the path of sustainable development.

Whilst thanking all the good people of Ogun State who have entrusted us with their mandate, again we remain committed to providing a focused and qualitative governance that will be inclusive, participatory, accountable, transparent, fair, just and equitable.

The time has now come for all our adversaries to sheath their swords and join forces with our administration, if indeed the motive is to serve the good people of our dear state.

The common goal is the economic development of Ogun State and individual prosperity of our citizens.

Together, we can build a secure, purposeful and prosperous state.

Let all of us join hands to build a better future and engender unity, peace, development, through good governance that Ogun has witnessed in the last five months of our Administration.

Igbega Ipinle Ogun, Ajose gbogbo wa ni.


Ogun Election: Dapo Abiodun Wins In Appeal Court


Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has won the case challenging his election at the Court of Appeal.

This comes as the appeal court sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital affirmed the victory of the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the Ogun State governorship election held on March 9.

The court upheld the judgement of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which validated Abiodun’s victory and set aside the appeal filed by the candidate of the Allied People’s Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade.

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A four-man appeal panel of justices had on November 4 reserved its ruling on the two appeals after counsels had adopted their written addresses.

At Monday’s sitting, the appellate court upheld the election of Mr Abiodun as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Ambi-Usi Danjuma, who stood in for the head of the panel, Justice Abubakar Yahyah.

It dismissed the appeal filed by Mr Akinlade for lack of merit, saying Governor Abiodun won the poll having secured the highest number of lawful votes cast.

APC Reacts

Shortly after the judgement was delivered, the APC in Ogun commended the decision of the appellate court through its publicity secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye.

Oladunjoye spoke at a press conference held at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

According to him, the party is extending a hand of fellowship to members of opposition parties to join hands in building the state’s economy.

The APC publicity secretary attributed the victory at the appeal court to God, as well as the support and understanding of the residents of the state.

He called for more cooperation and a better understanding of the Dapo Abiodun administration’s policies and programmes.

Oladunjoye gave assurance that the party would ensure an inclusive government, saying Governor Abiodun would not betray the confidence reposed in him by the people of Ogun.

Ogun Governorship Tussle: Tribunal Dismisses Two Petitions Against Dapo Abiodun

Dapo Abiodun



The three man governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital and headed by Justice Halilu Yusuf, has dismissed the two petitions brought before it by the governorship candidate of the Allied People’s Movement (APM), Abdulkabir Akinlade as it affirmed the victory of the Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun in the last governorship election in the state.

Delivering his judgment,the tribunal chairman, dismissed allegation of false declaration of qualification and over voting allegations by the petitioner,
saying that he failed to prove these allegations beyond reasonable doubt.

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The petitioner had approached the tribunal challenging the victory of the state governor on the basis of alleged over voting in 142 polling units across the state , false declaration of qualification ,non compliant with the electoral act 2010 as amended among other allegations.

Dapo Abiodun Signs Security Trust Fund Bill Into Law


Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has signed the State Security Trust Fund Bill, passed by the state assembly.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, the governor signed the bill after it was presented to him by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo at his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Abiodun had last weekend inaugurated the committee of the Trust Fund, headed by Mr Bolaji Balogun to source for money for the acquisition and deployment of security equipment to help in preventing crime.

Also according to the statement, the committee is expected to reserve part of the fund for the training of security personnel.

Similarly, the governor also signed the Ogun State Road Mantaince Agency (Amendment) 2019 into law, as part of efforts to address the deplorable condition of township and rural roads.

My Administration ‘Irrevocably Committed’ To Providing Quality Governance – Dapo Abiodun


Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has assured the people of the state of his administration’s commitment to providing focused and quality governance.

He gave the assurance in a statement on Sunday while felicitating with Muslims as they mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

“Let me assure all our people that our Administration remains irrevocably committed to providing focused and qualitative governance that will create an enabling environment for Public-Private Sector Partnership (PPP) which is fundamental to creation of an enduring economic development,” he said.

Speaking further, he called on Muslims to emulate the qualities of Prophet Ibrahim which he says include patience, perseverance, steadfastness and obedience which according to him, are key to nation building.

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“As we celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir Festival, it is important that we also take note of the lessons of the festival. We should all emulate Prophet Ibrahim’s patience, perseverance, steadfastness, obedience and commitment as vital ingredients toward the successful implementation of the “Building our Future Together” Agenda,” he said.

The governor also called for the continued support, cooperation, and prayers of the people of the state while asking them to celebrate in moderation.

“Let me enjoin you all to celebrate with moderation. We must all remember that even this celebration is an act of worship to Allah. And, I pray that God accepts all our worship as Ibadah. May He also grant us good rewards in this life and hereafter”.

Tribunal Dismisses Labour Party’s Petition Against Ogun Governor

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.


The Ogun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has dismissed the petition of the Labour Party challenging the victory of Governor Dapo Abiodun in the March 9 election held in the state.

This comes two months after the party had filed the suit at the Tribunal.

Joined as respondents in the suit, EPT/OG/GOV/03/2019 BTW MRS MODUPE SANYAOLU  LABOUR PARTY VS DAPO ABIODUN, APC & INEC’ in June, were the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

But the Tribunal, led by Justice Yusuf Halidu, dismissed the suit on Saturday.

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According to the Tribunal, the case stands dismissed on the ground that the Tribunal had dismissed the petition pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 46(3) of the Schedule to the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended.

Justice Halilu held that the petitioners had failed to attend the hearing of the petition initially filed.

He, therefore, ruled that the Tribunal lacked jurisdiction to reverse itself by re-listing the petition.

Ogun Gov Disappointed Over ‘Deplorable’ State Of Teaching Hospital

File Photo; Ogun State Governor-Elect, Mr Dapo Abiodun.


The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, says he is disappointed at the deplorable state of facilities at the state-owned Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital located in the Sagamu area of the state.

According to him, the report he received about the hospital is disheartening therefore, immediate steps need to be taken to restore its old glory.

He said this while inspecting facilities at the hospital which he says he hopes to make the pride of the state by providing affordable and qualitative health care services.

Mr Abiodun further stated that his administration would set up a committee comprising of stakeholders and practitioners in the health sector to facilitate the process.

On her part, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee to the Teaching Hospital, Dr Oluwabunmi Fatungase, appealed to the governor to provide facilities for the hospital so as to meet the needs of the people.

Ogun Governorship Tussle: Dapo Abiodun Wins At Appeal Court

Ogun State Governor-Elect, Mr Dapo Abiodun.


The Court of Appeal in Abuja today dismissed the appeal seeking the disqualification of Ogun state governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A three-member panel of the court of appeal led by Justice Datti Yahaya ruled that the appeal anchored on the failure of mister Abiodun to declare his university degree in his form cf.001 submitted to INEC was unmeritorious.

The appellant, Abdulrafiu Baruwa, had challenged the March 7th, 2019 judgment of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo, Abuja, which dismissed his suit faulting Abiodun’s eligibility to contest for the election.

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But arguing his client’s appeal against the judgment, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) contended that the FCT High Court erred in law by not disqualifying Mr. Dapo Abiodun.

The APC’s lawyer, Damien Dodo (SAN); and Mr. Abiodun’s counsel, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), opposed the appeal, insisting that the suit was a pre-election matter but was filed outside the 14 days provided by the fourth alteration of the act of 2017.

Ogun Governor-Elect, Abiodun Inaugurates Abati, Others For Economic Transition Committee

Ogun State Governor-Elect, Mr Dapo Abiodun.


Ogun State Governor-Elect, Mr Dapo Abiodun, has inaugurated Reuben Abati, a former spokesperson to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, among others, as member of an Economic Transition Committee.

In a statement on Saturday by the media aide to Abiodun, Remmy Hazzan, the committee is expected to “further articulate his campaign manifesto, ensure robust engagement with stakeholders and develop a Road map to guide its implementation.”

Abiodun noted that the “state is blessed with an abundance of human resources in all fields of endeavor”, and commended the members for rendering their time to serve.

He also reiterated his commitment “to provide an inclusive Government,” hence the composition of the committee ahead of the May 29 inauguration.

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The 23-man team is chaired by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Lemo.

Others members of the committee include; the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the state, Mr Gboyega Isiaka; a former Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs Salimot Badru, the former Managing Director of Shell Petroleum and Development Company (SPDC), Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu; among others.

Ogun Gov’ship Election: Three-Member Tribunal Commences Sitting


A three-member election petition tribunal has commenced sitting at the Ogun state high court in Abeokuta to address the three requests raised by the Allied People’s Movement (APM), and the Labour Party (LP). 

The petitions raised by the two political parties are challenging the victory of the All Progressive Congress governorship candidate in the March 9th governorship election, Mr. Dapo Abiodun.

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Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Chinwe Onyeabor, who addressed members of the bar, journalists, and the general public, asked that a high degree of maturity, professionalism decorum and sense of responsibility should be exercised for quick dispensation of the cases at hand.

In response, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who represents the first petitioner, the APM, Mamman Osunma, assured the tribunal of their cooperation and promised to give a high degree of ethical and professional services to expedite action at the tribunal.




We’ll Run A Just, Truthful And Transparent Administration – Dapo Abiodun

The Governor-Elect of Ogun State, Mr Dapo Abiodun, says his government will be built on truth and transparency.

He gave the assurance on Sunday at an interdenominational thanksgiving service which held at Saint James Anglican Church in his hometown in Iperu Remo area of the state.

While thanking the people of the state for believing in him, Abiodun promised not to betray the confidence bestowed on him by the electorate.

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He also pledged to implement policies and programmes that will be of great benefit to the people.

“I want to assure you that we will lead a just, equitable and a transparent administration which will provide quality and focused governance while creating an enabling environment for public-private sector partnership which is fundamental to the economic growth of the state,” he stated.

Abiodun emerged winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state after defeating his closest rival, Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

Ogun State Governor-Elect, Dapo Abiodun.

In the keenly contested race, he defeated the APM’s candidate who was backed by outgoing Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

Abiodun polled 241,670 votes as against Akinlade’s 222,153 votes.

Few hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him the winner, he called on other contestants to join hands with him to build the state for the benefit of the people.

He also assured residents of the state of a purposeful leadership hinged on transparency and accountability ahead of his inauguration on May 29.