The election petition appeal filed by the Labour Party against the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, at the Supreme Court has been withdrawn.
According to the report, the Labour Party and counsel to the state Governor have decided to settle for an alternative dispute resolution.
A further report revealed that the development came after the lead counsel to Abiodun at the tribunal, Prof. Taiwo Osipitan, struck a deal.
The Labour Party and its governorship candidate, Mrs Modupe Sanyaolu, had filed an appeal at a Supreme Court suit number SC/1088/2019, dragging Abiodun before the apex court, asking it to invalidate his (Abiodun’s) election.
A copy of the Notice of Withdrawal dated September 10 was released, “Take notice that the appellants herein intend and doth hereby wholly withdraw their appeal against all respondents in the above-mentioned appeal filed on the 23rd day of August 2019.”
It was deposed to by Olusoji Oduntan Esq and N. A. Abass Esq, on behalf of the Labour Party.
Daily Post claimed that the state Labour Party Chairman, Com. Abayomi Arabambi confirmed that both parties had agreed to settle out of court after a peaceful meeting was conveyed by the lead counsel to the first respondent.
Arabambi, however, declined further comments, saying he would address the press later.
He said “We have resolved to settle out of court. This was made possible by the lead counsel to the first respondent, Prof. Taiwo Osipitan, SAN on behalf of the Governor, Dapo Abiodun. I will address the press later.”