The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, during the 2023 general elections in Ogun State, Oladipupo Adebutu, has called on the police authorities to investigate how details of the interim report of an uncompleted investigation were leaked to the press.
Adebutu queried how the police interim report got to the media when the police had not completed the investigation.
The governorship candidate, however, confirmed the report that he sued the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, the Director of the State Security Services, Yusuf Bichi, and the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, over allegations of vote buying levelled against him.
The Media Director of the Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organisation, Afolabi Orekoya, while responding to our correspondent on Tuesday, said, “It is just a petition.”
Orekoya, however, issued a statement, denying the allegation of being involved in a N2 billion vote-buying scheme, describing the claims as baseless.
The statement was in response to a report by some online media, claiming that during the governorship election in the state, the Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organisation was involved in vote buying.
Orekoya vehemently denied the claims in the statement, calling them baseless and a desperate attempt by the All Progressives Congress in the state and the governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun, to undermine their strong case before the Tribunal.
Recall that the PDP in the state had questioned the victory of Abiodun and dragged him and the APC before the election petition tribunal.
Orekoya said the APC and its candidate had previously tried to coerce, intimidate, and harass Adebutu and his family into withdrawing their petition, but all efforts were in vain.
He, therefore, said he was not surprised by the development, stating that the APC has resorted to media trials, malicious tactics, and deceit in an effort to sway public opinion and confuse the judiciary.
The statement read, “The unsubstantiated claims that a certain “PDP Chieftain in trouble as police uncover shocking N2 billion vote-buying scheme” by some online news platforms led by Premium Times are nothing but further evidence that Ogun APC and Dapo Abiodun have decided to go for cheap blackmail after realising that our candidate and PDP’s petition before the Tribunal is unequivocally tight.
“This has not come as a surprise to the Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organisation because, after failing in their efforts to coax, intimidate, and harass the PDP Candidate, Hon (Dr) Oladipupo Adebutu, and his family to withdraw the petition despite pleas from their emissaries, delegations, and offer of monetary compensation; the APC and its candidate, at the March 18th governorship election, Mr Dapo Abiodun, have resorted to blackmail, media trial, depravity, and malfeasance in an attempt to buy public sentiment and confuse the Judiciary.
“Members of the public will recall that immediately after the election, Mr Tunde Oladunjoye, the Ogun APC Publicity Secretary, in an attempt to force Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu to drop the petition against his party (APC), claimed on a Channels TV show that one of the many humanitarian gestures of the Adebutu family was for other purposes and intent.
“For clarity’s sake, the fact of the burial of the Adebutu matriarch, Late Dame Caroline Adebutu, on February 11th, 2023, is in the public domain, and it will be unreasonable and unconscionable for anyone under the guise of paid reporting to attempt to twist the details.”
The statement added, “It should be noted by members of the public that this purported “interim report” of an investigation, which the APC also alluded to, which has not been concluded, is being preempted by them. It is, therefore, glaring that the effort of Mr. Abiodun and his party to act as whistleblowers for the police is a deliberate and mischievous attempt to blackmail our principal.
“We hereby call on the police authorities to open an investigation into how “explicit” details of the interim report of an uncompleted investigation were leaked to the press, even though the petition leading to this investigation is laced with political undertones.”