The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki’s election, has been upheld by the Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, that sat in Benin City on Friday.
The presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Badamosi, dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, declaring that it lacked merit.
The Tribunal also said that the reliance of the petitioners on the ticking of the name of a prospective voter on the left side of the voters’ register, to mark complete accreditation was only an administrative guideline for election officials.
According to the election tribunal, all the witnesses’ evidence only gave credence to the September 26, 2016 election.
This was a blow and another setback for the PDP in Edo State as the governorship election petition tribunal threw away the suit filed by its candidate in the September 28, 2016 election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Ize-Iyamu had run to the court to contest the declaration of Godwin Obaseki, the APC candidate as winner of the election.
Obaseki had polled 319,483 votes as against 253,173 scored by Ize-Iyamu. However, it was a legal contest which the PDP and Ize-Iyamu were optimistic they would win. The party, as a matter of fact, opened a secretariat, called Mandate Recovery Group, in Benin-City, stating that the target of the group was to ensure that their mandate was recovered.
It was never to be as Obaseki flawed Ize-Iyamu at this stage of the legal battle for Edo State Government House. There are indications that Ize-Iyamu and the EDO PDP may head all the way to the Supreme Court.