Edo Governorship Tribunal Upholds Obaseki's Election

The tribunal, which sat in Benin, also threw out the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The Edo tribunal in rejecting Ize-Iyamu's petition to upturn the verdict of the September 28, 2016 election, also confirmed Mr Godwin Obaseki as the duly elected governor of the state.

Respondents in the suit were Governor Obaseki, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC.

The Justice Ahmed Badamosi lead Tribunal in its judgement today in Benin city declared the APC victor of the election by dismissing petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, saying that it lacked merit.

However, the petitioners are challenging the results in 16 out of the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.

Badamasi held that the petitioners failed in all fronts to prove the allegations as pleaded in their petitions.

He therefore dismissed the petitions of the petitioners.

According to him, the straw of corrupt practices and non-compliance raised by the petitioners was weak as they could not prove anything, adding that the first petitioner's claim that he got majority votes and won the election was "undoable".

"We reject the judgment of the tribunal; it is not acceptable to us and we have told our lawyers to appeal the judgment as the issues raised in the petition were not addressed by the tribunal", he said.

The petitioners had listed INEC, Obaseki and the APC as first, second and third respondents.

Reacting to the judgment, the petitioners' Counsel, Kehinde Eleja (SAN) commended the tribunal and urged that copies of the judgment be made available soonest just as INEC Counsel, Mrs. Doris Owolabi appreciated the tribunal.

  • Joanne Flowers