Abeokuta – Derin Adebiyi, the Chairman of All Progressives Congress in Ogun State has said it is only the Governor of the State, Dapo Abiodun that can defend himself over the alleged case of perjury against him.
Adebiyi, who is the Chairman of a faction of the party loyal to former governor Ibikunle Amosun, said he also observed the discrepancies in the records of the governor before the party but that he didn’t take part in the screening of Abiodun as an aspirant of the party.
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Adebiyi said this on Thursday while addressing newsmen over the allegation of perjury in forms CF 001 filled by the Governor both in 2015 and 2019 and the call for the party to also be investigated and prosecuted.
The Chairman who is still in court battling with the dissolution of his executive by the national body of the party said it is only the governor who can defend himself.
A civil society group, Assembly of Patriots International, had petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, calling for an investigation and possible prosecution of Abiodun and the Party.
He said, “Don’t forget that Gov. Dapo Abiodun contested for the senate in 2015 under this party, he submitted documents to the party and to the INEC. This is an open file. Mind you all these documents are with some people.
“He came this year, and they said he only has a school certificate that is the minimum requirement to contest for any election in Nigeria. It is very easy to tell lies but it is not easy to cover it because if you tell one lie today, you will need 100 lies in a year’s time to sustain it.
“You cannot tell me that in 2015, you’re 20 years old and you come and tell me in 2019 that you are 18 years old, it does not make sense. For the purpose of elections, the INEC stipulates that we will go before the judiciary and swear an oath and we will sign and people have the record, which I also have with me.
“The maker of what you’re saying, I think he is in a better position to explain this. As far as I am concerned we have records that confirmed what you are saying. In the record, what he submitted in 2015 is what we have in the record.
“I know as a matter of fact that as a Governor you now have immunity for prosecution, I equally know according to the judgment of the Supreme COURTourt, that does not say that he may not be investigated, they may have to wait until he drops his immunity before he can be charged for anything. But to me we must endeavor to do the correct thing at all time.
“It is beyond me. I am very sure he had being dragged to the judiciary and he is in a better position to explain his points, he will explain himself.
“Provided that allegation is true. He is in a position to controvert it and say the record straight. To me, as at now, it is a new allegation but I cannot deny the fact that what you are saying, I saw it on the file.”
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