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Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal

Following the conclusion of hearing and adoption of addresses, Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal is set to deliver judgement in Four petitions.

Three of the petitions have their major issues bordering on the qualification of Governor Obaseki to contest the election.

A case between Agol Ebun Tracy and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Governor Godwin Obaseki, marked EPT/ ED/GOV/05/2020, is one of the petitions.

The petitioner was the candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the governorship election held in September 2020.

The second petition is between the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and the electoral umpire, the PDP, Governor Obaseki, as well as his deputy, Philip Shaibu, is marked EPT/ ED/GOV/02/2020.

The third petition with reference number EPT /ED/GOV/02/2020 was filed by the Action People’s Party (APP) against Governor Obaseki, the PDP, and INEC.

The Tribunal will also deliver judgement in another petition marked EPT /ED/GOV/01/2020 which is a case between the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and Iboi Emmanuel, and INEC, PDP, Governor Obaseki, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Osagie Ize-Iyamu – the APC candidate in the poll.

In the fourth petition, counsels on both sides had argued over whether the issue was unlawful substitution or exclusion of the candidate of the sole petitioner.

The three-man tribunal is chaired by Justice Yunusa Musa and has Justice Suleiman Abubakar and Justice Olufunmilayo Stanley as first and second members respectively.

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