Tribunal begins hearing of four petitions on Edo poll

Bisi Olaniyi, Benin


THE Justice Yunusa Musa-led three-member Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal on Monday began hearing of the four remaining petitions in Benin, the state capital.

It will determine the fate of Governor Godwin Obaseki; his running mate, Philip Shaibu and their party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The four remaining petitions were filed by Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its governorship candidate, Iboi Emmanuel; Action Peoples Party (APP), without joining its governorship candidate, Amos Areloegbe; Allied Peoples Movement (APM), excluding its governorship candidate, Igbineweka Osamuede, and Tracy Agol, without joining her political party, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

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On December 11, 2020, the tribunal unanimously dismissed the petition by Action Alliance (AA) and its governorship candidate, Ukonga Onaivi, against Obaseki, the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for failing to file pre-hearing notice.

The four petitions are seeking the nullification of the September 19, 2020 re-election of Obaseki and Shaibu, while asking INEC to hold a fresh election.




Source: The Nation

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