On Monday evening, the petition court for the election of governor of the state of Edo confirmed the victory of Godwin Obaseki in the poll on September 19 for the post of governor of the state.
He rejected all petitions filed
against him and his party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Five political parties had filed petitions against the declaration of Godwin Obaseki as the winner of the election.
But the three-man tribunal headed by Judge Yunusa Musa, while ruling on the petitions in Benin, unanimously rejected all petitions filed by the injured parties for lack of merit.
The court ruled that the petitioners could not substantiate their respective claims and awarded the sum of N200,000 each to INEC, Godwin Obaseki, Philip Shaibu against one of the petitioners, the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
“Petitioners have a duty to prove their claims beyond a reasonable doubt. There is no evidence of testimony to establish that the certificate is forged. The witnesses called never went to the school to confirm the authenticity of the certificate, ”the court said.
Among the petitioners were the Democratic Action Party (ADP), the People’s Action Party (APP), the Action Alliance (AA) and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM). New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate Agol Tracy did not join her party in her petition.
They based their case on the basis of a controversial result submitted along with nomination and expression of interest forms to INEC by the governor for the purpose of the election, and allegations of unlawful exclusion. of the ballot.
The respondents in the various petitions are Governor Godwin Obaseki, his deputy, Philip Shaibu, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Osagie Ize-iyamu, governor of the APC. candidate.
Reacting shortly after the judgment, Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu said the judgment reaffirmed the will of the people who had voluntarily given him (Godwin Obaseki) their votes.
He added that the state’s citizens should expect more development now that the case is over.