Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The Chairman of Labour Party (LP) in Ogun state, Comr. Abayomi Arabambi has refuted the rumour making the round that the party collected N150M from Gov Ibikunle Amosun before approaching the governorship election petition tribunal to seek for the cancellation of last month governorship election which produced Prince Dapo Abiodun of All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner.
Labour Party had approached the tribunal seeking for a fresh governorship election in the state due to omission of its logo and governorship candidate during the March 9th gubernatorial election.
However, rumour had been rife that the Labour Party case at the tribunal was being sponsored by Gov. Amosun whose preferred choice of successor and Allied Peoples Movement (APM) governorship flag bearer, Hon Adekunle Akinlade came second in the election.
The rumour has it that Amosun who had opposed the candidature of Dapo Abiodun from outset and vowed that he would never succeed him is now seeing the petition of Labour Party at the tribunal as one last chance to thwart his electoral victory having failed to stop him at the poll
The report has it that the governor was very upbeat that if by the strength of Labour Party’s petition to the tribunal a fresh governorship election was ordered in the state, his anointed son and APM governorship candidate, Hon Akinlade who is also challenging the victory of Dapo Abiodun at the tribunal would eventually win the governorship seat.
The Chairman of the party in the state, Comr Arabambi Abayomi has however described this allegation as baseless and another ‘beer parlour talk’ that holds no truth and should therefore be ignored.
Speaking in an interview with our Correspondent, Arabambi said “this allegation of Labour Party collecting N150M from Amosun is bunkum, it best existed in the imagination of those peddling the rumour because it is outright falsehood”.
He explained further that “this is a matter that predates election, it is not just happening now and we have exchanged correspondences with INEC over it. When INEC pasted list of our party’s candidates, we found out that name of our governorship candidate was missing, though that of our House of Reps, Senate and House of Assembly were out. So, we wrote INEC to correct this error but they never did even when the final list came out”.
Arabambi disclosed further that this was how the name and party’s logo was not on the ballot papers of the governorship election held in the state saying ” we considered this as very unlawful and unconstitutional, the basis upon which we dapproached the tribunal seeking for a fresh governorship election in the state just as it was provided for in the electoral acts”.
He said “from my explanation it is quite obvious that Gov Amosun has nothing to do with our case at the tribunal or is he the one who urged INEC to omit our governorship candidate? The allegation as I have said is tissue of lies. We have only approached the tribunal for justice and we have that assurance that we will get justice”.