Edo Governorship: Ize-Iyamu, PDP open case at election tribunal

Pastor Ize-Iyamu
[Photo Credit: Thisday]
Pastor Ize-Iyamu [Photo Credit: Thisday]

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Edo September 28, 2016 governorship election on Wednesday opened his case before the Justice Ahmed Badamasi-led three-member tribunal sitting in Benin.

The PDP and Mr. Ize-Iyamu are challenging the declaration by the Independent National Election Commission, INEC, of Godwin Obaseki of All Progressives Congress, APC, as winner of the governorship election.

The petitioners named INEC, Mr. Obaseki and the APC as first, second and third respondents respectively.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

INEC had declared Mr. Obaseki winner of the Edo governorship election after he pulled more than 319,483 votes to defeat Mr. Ize-Iyamu, his closest rival, who scored over 250,000 votes.

At the resumed hearing, the petitioners’ lawyer, Yusuf Ali, informed the tribunal that he was ready to open his case, saying “we are ready to tender all non contentious certified true copies(CTC) from the bar.

“And we have also carefully listed the documents we intended to be tendered for easy perusal by the tribunal,” he said.

With no objection from lawyers to the respondents, Mr. Ali went ahead to tender four CTC documents to the tribunal.

The tribunal marked tendered documents as exhibits and adjourned hearing till January 16.

Earlier, the tribunal in a ruling, warned that it would not hesitate to sanction any party that flouts its orders on representatives’ witnessing of the inspection of election materials at INEC office.

The tribunal said its order of November 16 on the matter remained sacrosanct

The tribunal, following an application by the petitioners, ruled that the parties should nominate five representatives each to witness the inspection of the scanning of the election materials at INEC office.

(NAN)


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  • Irumundomon

    God fathers are going to buy all the judges, this is a change government, oga nor waist you money, though you too stole the money too. A state where delegates were paid 200,000 naira each and were kidnapped, locked up in hotrls against their will, and the police did not nothing. A government, who preach change, will change everything against the people. The judges will get what ever they demand, matter close. That is my state, money talks, and the poor are now spectators.

    • oyelekan solomon solomon adelo

      Let him challenge it will be on record that he fought a good fight.

    • Bjay

      Thank you for this good analysis,iyamu and pdp are fooling themselves by comparing oshoimole petition with theirs.

  • Bjay

    Quote me ize iyamu will end up dead rat at the end of his election petition.

  • Basket mouth

    A black skin man will never believe anything weather true or false that’s why we are still where we are. Must every election be rigged .My advise to Ize Iyamu should rest and focus on something important and stop fighting a loose and a blind battle …The Edo people has decide …