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adsbygoogle: Thus, the political equation in Ogun state presents a paradox to the old order whereby the incumbents no longer call the shots when it comes to succession processes. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; By and large, while relating the scenario to the realities on ground, one is quick to add that political patronage has come to questioning. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; March 9, 2019 was the day of reckoning when the good people of Ogun State, in their magnanimity, unanimously gave their mandate to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC Prince Dapo Abiodun, as governor. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; However, the aftermath of the emergence of the APC candidate didn't go down well with the then governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, an arch-rival and a political godfather of the candidate of the Allied Peoples' Movement APM Mr Adekunle Akinlade, who was defiant of persuasions and pleas from well-meaning Nigerians to concede defeat, but decided to head to the tribunal to challenge the victory of his hitherto bosom friend. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; True to type, his Amosun adopted party APM approached the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, but the matter was thrown out for lack of merit, in what the three-man panel chaired by Justice Yahaya Halilu described as lazy, deficient and shallow . adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; As if undone, it appealed the verdict of the tribunal at the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, while the appeal went the same way as it was at the tribunal. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push google ad client enable page level ads true ; While delivering the judgement on Monday, November 11, 2019, the five-man panel presided over by Justice Abubakar Yahaya, who was unavoidably absent, but read by Justice Muhammed Ambi-Usi Danjuma, and who led three others, Justices Isaiah Olufemi-Akeju, Jamilu Yammama Tukur and Moore Adumein, dismissed the appeal of the APM candidate and his party which he said, it lacks merit and it is therefore, struck out . In the unanimous decision, Justice Danjuma averred that the 10 grounds of the appeal filed by the APM and its governorship candidate challenging the victory of Governor Dapo Abiodun lacks merit. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push google ad client enable page level ads true ; The respective objections raised by the two appellants APM and its candidate are over-ruled and the emotions have no merit, answers to them are sustained and the two motions are dismissed read Justice Danjuma. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; Earlier, at the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in the Petition No, according to Rabble. EPT/OG/GOV/01/2019, a three-man panel chaired by Justice Yahaya Halilu, in a 400-page verdict threw out the petition of the APM and its candidate and upheld the electoral victory of Abiodun as governor. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; With all the evidence of the APM witnesses, it was argued that by virtue of Section 285 9 of the Constitution every pre-election matter is subject to the provisions of the said Section 285 9 of the Constitution. However, the bequeathed practice is gradually fizzling out and it is paving ways for a new crop of followers and members that are weary of perfidy, but have chosen to take their destiny into their own hands. That the submission of Form CF001 on 25th October, 2018 by the 2nd Respondent to the 1st Respondent clearly, preceded the 9th March, 2019 Governorship Election, therefore evidently a pre-election matter, and therefore, any complaint arising from or based on alleged false information contained in the affidavit of the form CF001 submitted on 25th October, 2018 must be brought within 14 days of the accrual of the cause of action i.e within 14 days of 25th October, 2018 this he submitted is a Constitutional requirement. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; We agree no less with the submission of the Senior Counsel to the 2nd Respondent that the operative phrase in section 285 9 is every pre-election matter and the timely prosecution of same. Section 138 1 e was clear as to its provision. The mischief sought to be suppressed by the introduction of section 285 9 is to ensure unlike the provision prior to the amendment, that pre-election matter are instituted and determined with utmost dispatch. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; We also hold the strong view that any interpretation which embraces the commencement of pre-election matter such as in the instant petition outside the 14 days of the accrual of the cause of action as prescribed by the constitution will definitely defeat the legislative intention behind section 285 9 of the Constitution. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; We also found support that the issue relating to form CF001 Exhibit P331 is a pre-election matter in suit CA/A/2019 BARUWA VS APC delivered on 6th may, 2019 by the court of Appeal a copy of which was tendered in as Exhibit P35C . Tribunal observed and held that there was no scintilla of proof in respect of the allegation that 2nd Respondent submitted CF001 containing false information. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; That failure of the 2nd Respondent to disclose the Universities he attended or graduated in Exhibit P331' can not by any stretch of fertile imagination or brilliance of the Counsel address amount to false information. ( As reported in the news.