Jimoh Fathia Abiodun, Abeokuta, Ogun State
The Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta has struck out the petition filed by an acclaimed faction of the Ogun State Labour Party challenging the exclusion of the party’s logo from the ballot paper.
The suit tagged: EPT/OG/GOV/02/2019, was filed by the embattled secretary of the party, Olaposi Oginni.
Oginni and the party’s chairman, Arabambi Abayomi filed separate petitions before the election tribunal but with same prayers before the court.
However, Ogini’s suffered setback as his petition before the court was struck out, upholding that of the party chairman tagged:EPT/OG/GOV/03/2019.
Ogini’s petition was struck out on grounds that, the petition has abused the court process with gross incompetence.
A member of the three-man panel of the tribunal who read the submissions of both counsels since the inception of the case, D.A Oyigbenu mentioned that Ogini’s petition was incompetence for not paying the statutory security fee as at when due on April 2nd.
Meanwhile, Mawah who spoke through the telephone said Oginni swore two different affidavits on oath and contradicted himself, the act which is tantamount to perjury in the eye of the law.
According to him, while filing his earlier suit, Ogini had sworn to affidavits that no primary election was conducted by either the party or its acclaimed faction.
The two affidavits, our reporter spotted the said discrepancy in the affidavits.
The affidavits read “Truly, there is a major fundamental discrepancy in the affidavit sworn on oath by Ogini in support of his petition before the tribunal.”
He also stated in paragraph 3, “That the 2nd petitioner was one of the gubernatorial aspirants among other aspirants who obtained the nomination and expression of interest form to participate in the primary election conducted by the 1st petitioner in accordance with the constitution of the party and guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission and having won the primary, the 2nd petitioner was validly screened and nominated as the party governorship candidate of the first petitioner.
Subsequently, the 2nd petitioner’s name amongst other candidates of other political parties was published by the 4th respondent as candidates for the gubernatorial election of Ogun State.”
In another written statement on oath, Ogini also claimed in paragraph 12 that, “I know as of fact that, none of the two existing factions operating in Ogun State conducted a governorship primary in the state.”
Mawah also added, “On this ground, We are going to petition the Police for them to investigate the said matter and also take the necessary actions against him and if the police refuses, after our petition we would give a reasonable time after which we would bring an order of mandamus compelling the police to bring an action against him. ”
Meanwhile, in an attempt to speak with Ogini on phone, he declined to comment as he accuses our reporter of hatchet job.
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