The final word on the 2019 governorship election in Ogun State and the legal battles that ensued may not have been heard.
This comes as former Labour Party Secretary Olaposi Oginni accused Governor Dapo Abiodun of bribery in order to avoid removal by the election petition tribunal, an accusation the governor has denied.
The Labour Party had petitioned the tribunal to have its name removed from the ballot papers used in the governorship election.
Gov. Abiodun, according to Oginni, met with the Chairman of the Labour Party in Ogun, Abayomi Arabambi, and gave him N5 million.
During a live broadcast on Splash FM in Abeokuta, Oginni stated that an aide to the governor had invited him and Arabambi to a meeting with Abiodun at his Oke-Mosan office in Abeokuta, but that he refused to meet the governor with Arabambi present.
The current Chairman of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) recalled being contacted by former Governor Olusegun Osoba, who allegedly persuaded him to ensure Gov Abiodun has a smooth landing at the tribunal.
Gov. Dapo Abiodun and I are not friends, he says. The problem between us is that after the governorship election in 2019 (when I was still a member of the Labour Party), Arabambi wanted Dapo Abiodun fired, but Baba Osoba invited me to his Lagos home. He pleaded with me to let Dapo Abiodun finish his term, assuring me that he would be a better governor.
“There would have been a rerun election if Arabambi and I had stood firm in our belief that Dapo Abiodun should be removed as of then.” So, I never met Dapo Abiodun, but he appointed Baba Osoba as his “spokesperson” at the time. Nobody will ever use Baba Osoba as his surety and people will doubt such a person. But Dapo Abiodun is an ingrate, and the greatest ingrate you will ever meet.
“I’m not in politics for monetary gain.” I haven’t reached an agreement with Gov. Abiodun. All I want from him is good governance. Allow them to bring any evidence they have to prove I demanded anything else. We demanded good governance, but he fell short in that regard.
“When we finished the case, those who assisted him in the APC and we, the opposition party, let Dapo Abiodun and his followers tell us what he did for us, not to mention good governance for the people.” He was the one who let himself down, not us. We thought he was a good person who would do what he was supposed to do because his approach was so deceptive. How do you expect me to remain silent when a government is failing and I am a member of the opposition party?
“I didn’t get any money from Arabambi.” I never made any financial arrangements with anyone. Arabambi went as a Labour Party member on his own, and I am also a Labour Party member on my own. He never wanted Dapo Abiodun to be governor. He claimed that Dapo Abiodun lacked a certificate and other such things. But I stood firm on the fact that this man has been elected governor, and we must protect that trophy for him. Allow him to complete his term so that we can have good governance.
“When we got to the Supreme Court, God heard our plea and declared him the winner.” Biyi, the governor’s special assistant for political matters, called me one day and said the governor wanted to see me and Arabambi at Oke-Mosan. ‘Under my foot, will such a thing ever happen!’ I exclaimed. I will not attend that meeting. Arabambi called my phone more than 50 times that day, inviting me to a meeting, but I asked, ‘for what?’ You previously stated that Dapo Abiodun will not serve as governor because he lacks a certificate. You want to go and enjoy it with him now that he is the Governor. I don’t do business with charlatans.’
“I did not attend the meeting, but Arabambi did, and he was given five million Naira.” Oke-Dapo Mosan’s Abiodun, Biyi Adeleye, and others are currently listening.
“I was summoned to the meeting, but I informed Baba Osoba that I would not be attending because I do not attend such meetings.” I’m not going to photograph Dapo Abiodun with his right hand and Arabambi with his left. I don’t do it, and I won’t do it. Have they spent all of the N5 million
“I have been silent because I had a meeting with Baba Osoba at Bourdillon.” The meeting was held at Baba Osoba’s house in Lagos, near Tinubu’s. I met with all of the APC leaders in Ogun State. We reached an agreement. I kept my end of the bargain by allowing Dapo Abiodun to govern the state. He refused to follow through on his own agreement, which is bad governance. He isn’t the only one who hasn’t kept his end of the bargain. He is an ungrateful individual. If he’s here, I’ll say it. “He is ungrateful,” Oginni snarled.
Ogun State govt responds to Oginni’s accusation.
The Ogun State government, on the other hand, has responded to Oginni’s claim that the governor gave money to the Labour Party Chairman.
Waheed Odusile, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, stated that the governor had no such agreement with Arabambi, the leader of the Labour Party.
Odusile expressed confidence in the governor during a phone call with reporters on Thursday, saying he would never engage in bribery.Odusile stated unequivocally that there was nothing like what Oginni had said.
“Nothing like that existed. To the best of our knowledge, there was nothing like what Oginni is saying. I’m sure the governor isn’t into that sort of thing. “I said emphatically that there was nothing like that,” Odusile responded.
Oginni lied; I received no recompense from Gov. Abiodun – Arabambi.
Arabambi, the Labour Party Chairman, also reacted by calling the allegation false and threatening legal action against Oginni, whom he said was “suspended and eventually dismissed from Ogun Labour Party when he tried very unsuccessfully to bear false witness in the case against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)” in the suit against Abiodun, which was then before the tribunal.
“All his efforts at trying to derail the Labour Party’s case against the respondents finally got dismissed at the Appeal Court,” the LP boss said of Oginni’s sudden collaboration with Chief Ayo Olubori, the current APC State Caretaker Secretary.
“He went on to claim that I was the person who was asked to partner with him in a meeting in which he claimed a sum of N5 million was given to me because he purposefully chose not to attend.”