The Edo State Governorship Election Petitions tribunal has affirmed the victory of Godwin Obaseki as the winner of the gubernatorial elections held on September 28, 2016.
During its sitting today in Benin, the tribunal overruled the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, challenging the declaration of Obaseki as winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The PDP and its candidate in the election had challenged Mr. Obaseki’s election, alleging widespread irregularities.
However, in a two-hour ruling, the Chairman of the three-man panel, Justice Ahmed Badamasi, dismissed Mr. Ize-Iyamu’s petition for lack of merit and then upheld the election of Obaseki.
But Ize-Iyamu, who was absent at the tribunal on Friday, described the judgment as unacceptable.
While addressing party members and supporters at his campaign office in Benin, he said, “From the snippets I heard of the tribunal judgement, it cannot stand in the higher courts.
“This case must be pursued up to the Supreme Court.”