A Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City has upheld the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Governor of Edo State after an appeal suit filed by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and People’s Democratic Party (PDP’s) against the Election Petition Tribunal Judgment on the September 26 election was nullified today.
Striking out the appeal, Hon. Justice Dongban-Mensen, ruled that the Justice Ahmed Badamasi-led Tribunal did a pain-staking job in its judgment, and so deserved commendation. It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the All Progressives Congress candidate, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki as the winner of the September 28, 2016 governorship election and the appellants had alleged that the Tribunal judges erred and truncated their right to a fair hearing by giving unequal treatment to the parties involved.
The Appeal Court also said that the PDP, from the evidence provided did not prove their case to the extent of warranting the nullification of the election or a declaration of Pastor Ize-Iyamu as the winner.