Adebutu, PDP warned against inciting state violence over defeat

The Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) in Ogun State has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in the state, Oladipupo Adebutu, to go through the judiciary to seek the solution they need as regards the Saturday’s Governorship election which they lost.

The state Chairman of IPAC, Samson Okusanya, warned Adebutu before pressmen during a press briefing on Friday inciting hate and protest against security agencies in the state.

INEC had on Sunday announced Governor Dapo Abiodun of the APC as the winner of the election, having gained a total of 276,298 votes, while 262,383 votes were recorded for Adebutu. Another major opposing contestant of the African Democratic Congress, Biyi Otegbeye, polled 94,754 votes.

While rejecting the results, Adebutu led some members of the PDP in a protest to INEC office in Abeokuta to submit a petition against the commission. This action, however, was advised against by the Ogun IPAC Chairman, who asked Adebutu to seek solution in court instead.

Okusanya, flanked by the state chairmen, governorship and deputy governorship candidates of 10 other political parties, passed a vote of confidence in the announced results of the election.

He said:
“In elections like this, one candidate will emerge as the winner and anyone that lost out should follow due process which is recognised by law to express their grievances if there is any at all, instead of creating unrest in the state.

“We advise them (Adebutu and PDP), as inter-party advisory council to shun violence. They should also remember that nobody in above the law.

“We want peace and progress of the state. The losers should follow due process and tow the line of honour to express their grievances and concerns.

“All the registered political parties that are here with their governorship candidates hereby accept the outcome of the governorship and House of Assembly election as announced by INEC.”