THE Peoples Democratic Party PDP (PDP) governorship candidate, Oladipupo Adebutu has rejected the verdict of the state governorship election petitions tribunal.
The three-member panel led by Justice Hamidu-Kunaza had on Saturday upheld Governor Dapo Abiodun’s victory in the March 18 election in the state.
Justice Hamidu-Kunaza, who read the judgement, held that the petitioner failed to prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt.
He added that Abiodun was qualified to stand as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and his subsequent announcement as the winner of the election by INEC was in order.
However, in a statement issued on Monday in Abeokuta by the Director of Media, Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organisation, Afolabi Orekoya, the PDP candidate described the judgement as unexpected, disheartening, and a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.
Adebutu stressed that he had been left with no choice but to exhaust all the available legal options, including an appeal at the Appeal Court to claim his stolen mandate.