- The coast is not yet clear for Governor Godwin Obaseki following his reelection
- Five political parties have dragged the governor to the election tribunal sitting in Benin
- In five separate petitions, the parties are challenging the victory of the governor in the Edo guber election
The election tribunal sitting in Benin, Edo state said it has received petitions from five political parties and their candidates, challenging the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki as the winner of the Saturday, September 19 guber election.
Sunday Martins, the spokesperson of the tribunal, made this confirmation in Benin on Monday, October 12, adding that the 21-day period for the submission of petitions ended on Saturday, October 11.
Legit.ng notes that is coming barely a month after Peters Osawaru Omoragbon, candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP), called for the annulment of the guber poll which was held across all the 18 local government areas in the state.
The tribunal spokesperson, however, said the bailiff has not succeeded in his efforts to personally serve the reelected governor the court notice.
He further maintained that the governor “must be served personally because it is an originating process.”
Martins gathers that the political parties are the Action Peoples Party (APP), Action Alliance (AA), Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM), the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP), and Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Martins further stated that joined in the petition with Governor Obaseki as respondents are the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The petition by ADP and its candidate had the governor, PDP, INEC and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as defendants.
Candidates of APP and AA, in their petitions, are challenging their unlawful exclusion from the ballot papers by INEC, after having been validly-nominated by their party, in line with the Electoral Act.
They were praying the tribunal to nullify the election and order a fresh poll to be conducted within 90 days.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lucky Iboi, the candidate of the ADP challenged the reelection victory of Obaseki.
In a petition filed before the electoral tribunal in Benin, Edo state capital on Monday, October 5, the ADP candidate said he was challenging the eligibility of the governor to contest the election held on Saturday, September 19.
Another ground, as contained in ADP and its candidate's petition, is that Governor Obaseki presented a forged certificate to the INEC.
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