Edo governorship: Court of Appeal president sets up election tribunal

Edo governorship: Court of Appeal president sets up election tribunal

- The Edo election tribunal has been constituted to determine appeals that may arise from the concluded poll

- The tribunal is to sit at the premises of the High Court complex in Edo state

- The APC has not yet indicated an interest in challenging the result of the Edo election

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Days after Godwin Obaseki was declared the winner of the Edo governorship election, the president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Menem constituted the election tribunal to adjudicate petitions arising from the poll.

According to The Nation, the High Court complex in Benin, the Edo state capital has been designated as the venue for the proceedings.

Edo governorship: Court of Appeal president sets up election tribunal

Reports have emerged that Godwin Obaseki may soon have to defend has election victory in court. Photo credits: Nairaland Forum
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The disclosure was made known in a statement issued on Tuesday, September 22, by the secretary of the tribunal, Sunday Martins.

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The statement reads in part:

“The general public is hereby put on notice that the Honourable President of Court of Appeal of Nigeria Hon. Justice M. B Dongban Mensem has established the election petition tribunal secretariat and accordingly constituted a panel in respect of the governorship election conducted in Edo State."

The statement further disclosed that the chief judge of the Edo state, Justice Edigin has approved the use of the election petition court hall in the High Court complex, located at Sapele Road, Benin City for the hearing.

Legit.ng recalls that Obaseki of the PDP defeated Ize-Iyamu of the APC in the contested election.

However, Ize-Iyamu, who said he was still studying the results of the election has not yet disclosed if he would challenge the outcome of the election in court.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has suggested that the APC might have lost the Edo state governorship election due to last-minute decision making on the part voters.

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El-Rufai made the suggestion on Monday, September 21, when he featured on Sunrise Daily, Channels TV programme.

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