Tribunal dismisses PDP, Ize-Iyamu election petition, re-affirms Godwin Obaseki

The Edo Election Petition Tribunal, on Friday, upheld the election of Mr
Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Governor of Edo

Delivering judgment, the Justice Ahmed Badamasi-led tribunal, dismissed
the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its
candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as lacking in merit.

Badamasi held that the petitioners failed on all fronts to prove the
allegations pleaded in their petitions.

“The petitioners have failed to prove their case with credible evidence
and the petition is therefore dismissed,” he said.

The tribunal held that while the petitioners abandoned some of their
pleadings, “witnesses’ evidences were controverted under cross

“The much-talked-about ticking and over voting have not been specifically
proved beyond reasonable doubt, and not calling witnesses to prove their
allegations of corrupt practices and over voting was fatal to their case
as it is deemed that they have abandoned their pleadings,” he explained.

Justice Badamasi therefore held that the petitioners had failed to prove
their case with credible evidence to show that they were entitled to their
pleadings before dismissing the petition.

Meanwhile, it will be recalled that the petitioners, Pastor Ize-Iyamu
Osagie and PDP had listed the Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC), Godwin Obaseki and APC as first, second and third respondents

They had asked the tribunal to nullify the election of Obaseki and declare
Ize-Iyamu as the winner instead, having scored majority of the lawful
votes cast among other reliefs, averred that INEC was wrong to declare
Obaseki winner of the Sept 28 gubernatorial election and that the election
was fraught with corrupt practices and over voting.

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