The Edo State Governorship Election Petitions tribunal on Monday reserved ruling within the petition filed through the Peoples Democratic celebration and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, after the events adopted their closing addresses within the case.
The Chairman of the three-man panel, Justice Ahmed Badamasi, said that judgement could be delivered on a date to be communicated to the parties.
The PDP and Ize-Iyamu are challenging the statement of Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress as winner of the September 28 governorship election by the independent national Electoral fee.
they had within the substantive petition marked “EPT/EDS/GOV/2/2016” listed INEC, Obaseki and the APC as the primary to 3rd respondents, respectively.
Ize-Iyamu, had requested the tribunal to declare him as the rightful winner of the election with majority votes.
In his final address , advice to the primary respondent, Onyechi Ikpeazu, advised the tribunal to dismiss the petition, arguing that the petitioners failed to ascertain an instance of over-voting by using now not tendering the voter register, pollpapers, the recounted pollpapers and the end result of the recounting train as proof.
Ikpeazu said that the prove of over-vote casting have to be executed polling unit with the aid of polling, fairly than covering handiest 29 out of the over polling gadgets within the state.
He additionally stated that the petitioners relied on invented figures no longer earlier than the court docket and likewise failed to provide competent proof prior to the tribunal once they referred to as witnesses who basically flipped through documents.
The suggestions stated that section 138(2) of the Electoral Act, as amended, was clear that the ticking to the left or right for accreditation and voting, which was once emphasised via the petitioners, may not be grounds for non-conformity with the electoral course of.
On his phase, lead information for Obaseki, Chief Wole Olanipekun, joined the first respondent in urging the tribunal to push aside the petition, arguing that there was no simple task concerning the identity of the primary petitioner and who used to be backed by using the PDP.
He mentioned, “My lords, why are we here? who’s the petitioner? what’s his id? who’s he? My lords, in the petition earlier than your lordships, we’ve got Pastor Ize-Iyamu Osagie Andrew.
“we’ve submitted to your lordships that that is not the identify of the individual sponsored via the political party to contest election on its behalf. they have got filed a reply and they’ve compounded the matter past redemption in the reply by using including some other title, Osagie.
“My lords, we have given your lordships authorities, Supreme courtroom choices, to the effect that in case you are JT, you can’t say you TJ because they don’t point to the identical course.”