The Oyo State Speaker, Rt. Hon Adebo Ogundoyin has congratulated Governor Seyi Makinde and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP over the victory at the election tribunal.
Ogundoyin in a statement on Monday in Ibadan, described the dismissal of All Progressives Congress, APC by the election tribunal as a confirmation of the people choice of Makinde and PDP which was demonstrated through massive votes for the party during the March 9 gubernatorial election in the State.
In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Sirajo Muhammed on behalf of the three-member panel, the tribunal averred that the petitioners, Chief Bayo Adelabu and the All Progressives Congress(APC) failed to prove the allegation of corrupt pratices, overvoting, improper accreditation, inaccurate ballot counting and non-compliance with the 2010 electoral act as amended.
The petitioners had filed a petition challenging the declaration of Makinde by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) as the winner of the March 9 governorship election. They prayed the tribunal to declare Adelabu the winner of the election having scored the highest number of lawful votes or nullify the election and order a rerun.
Ogundoyin said, “our people are happy today because the mandate giving to Governor Makinde and all other Oyo PDP candidates in Senate, House of Representatives and State assembly were freely given out of trust in our ability to liberate Oyo State and restore its fading pace setting glory.
“While congratulating Governor Seyi Makinde, Senator Kola Balogun, Hon. Yemi Taiwo and all my co-lawmakers that have recorded victory at the 2019 elections tribunal, I wish our party more victory.
“I believe we can now concentrate our governmental and legislative duties with less distraction, to ensure the good people of Oyo State reap the good fruits they deserve.”