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Tribunal Voids Edo APC Legislator’s Election, Declares PDP Winner

Posted: Jun 27, 2015 at 9:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo / Benin


Edo State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Benin City on Friday declared one Gallant Sylvanus Peter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the April 11, 2015 elections for Estako West II constituency of the Edo Stats House of Assembly.

Delivering judgment, Justice E. Abuua held that Jery Yakubu Gowon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not duly nominated by his party.

The tribunal held that the notice of intention to hold party primaries sent to INEC was less than the mandatory 21 days.

The tribunal further held that the notice of intention to hold primary was given on November 13, 2014 while the primaries was held on December 1st 2014, meaning the 21 days stipulated by the electoral laws was not met .

The tribunal therefore declared that all the votes casted for the APC candidate was wasted as a result of which the first runner up who had 4001 votes was the rightful person to be declared winner of the election.

Gallant who left the court in tears of joy thanked the tribunal for giving what he descrbed as “deligent verdict”.

Reacting to the judgement, the State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, described the ruling of the tribunal as a “sweet victory” for the party which he said would keep “hope alive for the people.”

But the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Godwin Erhahon, said that all the candidates of the party were duly nominated.

He, however, added that the party’s legal team would look into the judgement.

According to Erhahon, “We will leave the verdict  for our legal teams and for now we do not have the details.

“All our candidates were duly nominated. So whatever somebody at that level may have adduced is left for our lawyers to look into.

“I cannot comment authoritatively  because I do not have the details.” he said.