The Edo State Gubernatorial election Tribunal has received two petitions challenging the validity of the election of the People’s Democratic Party winner, Godwin Obaseki.
Two political parties; Action Peoples Party (APP) and Action Alliance (AA) are contesting the outcome of the election on the ground of “unlawful exclusion”.
APP, in the petition in which Governor Obaseki, the PDP and INEC are respondents, claimed that it was unlawfully excluded.
AA’s candidate, Ukonga Frank Onaivi also claimed in his petition that he was also excluded unlawfully, in spite of being the validly-nominated candidate of the party, in line with the Electoral Act.
Both petitioners are praying the tribunal to nullify the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, where INEC gave victory to Gov. Godwin Obaseki of the PDP.
They are also asking that a fresh election be ordered within 90 days, while the validly-nominated candidate (Ukonga of AA) and APP should be included in the new ballot papers.
Secretary of the Tribunal, Sunday Martins said Saturday is the last day for submission of petitions by political parties and their candidates.
He said Respondents have 21 days, from the dates of filing the petitions, to respond to the petitions/allegations leveled against them, after which the inaugural sitting will be held.