Alleged N2bn vote buying: Adebutu sues Malami, IGP, others

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections, Oladipupo Adebutu, has 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.

Adebutu also asked the police authorities to investigate how the interim report of an uncompleted investigation got leaked.

The Director of Media, Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organisation, Afolabi Orekoya, who confirmed this, said a suit has been instituted against them at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division.

Orekoya also issued a statement, denying the allegation of his boss being involved in a N2 billion vote-buying, 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 said, claimed that the allegation was baseless and a desperate attempt by the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state and Governor Dapo Abiodun, to undermine the PDP case at the Tribunal.

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.”


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