By Timothy Tella

While discussions were ongoing about the controversial journey the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s gubernatorial candidate in the March 18th governorship election, in Ogun State, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, claimed to have embarked upon for alleged threats to his life, in the face of plethora of evidences against him concerning the role he played to manipulate tye electoral process and truncate democratic process; his recent act of chicanery quickly gave him out as a man of zero integrity and decency.

Since the court document he filled at the Federal High Court, Abuja, dated May 19, 2023, to stop his arrest and possible prosecution surfaced online, many have continued to wonder why Adebutu, who gave contradictory excuses for traveling abroad for medical attention and at the same time for the reason of his safety against alleged threats to his life, quickly approached the honourable court for cover, and possible protection from the long arm of law.

Adebutu, instead of addressing the core of his atrocities revolving around electoral fraud and money laundering, as substantially established by anti-graft agency and the police, he continued with his journey of falsehood and mischievously claimed he is being victimized in order to prevent him from pursuing his case at the tribunal; what a blatant liar!

It is rather unfortunate that Adebutu and his collaborators have forgotten that on the basis of natural justice, “he who comes to equity must come with clean hands.” This is a man who brazenly violated the Electoral Act by distributing preloaded verve cards worth of N2.4 billion across all polling units in the state on the day of election, with the criminal notion of coming to power through the backdoor of voting buying.

Rather than submitting himself to the law enforcement agencies honorably and allow the law to take it’s cause or at least exhibit some level of remorse after realizing that his misdeeds are already in the public glare, Adebutu chose to abuse judicial process by calling for protection against justice.

Indeed, Adebutu and his party, the PDP, should be ashamed of themselves for orchestrating anti-democratic tendencies in the most disheartening manner; by their action and body language, they have eloquently told the people of Ogun State that they are not the type that could be trusted with power.

Of course, every action and utterance of the PDP’s candidate during the pre- and post-election periods have exposed Adebutu as a man of unimaginable penchant for manipulation, dishonesty and violent reaction; he has not in any way showcased any iota of leadership strength and capacity.

I have no doubt in my mind that the honorable court will swiftly throw out his frivolous prayers before it and appropriately sanction him for his intent to abuse judicial process and waste the precious time of the court.

•Tella writes from Ijebu-Ode.


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