Edo Election : Appeal Court Institutes Tribunal To Deliberate Suits

In the wake of the Edo State elections which saw Governor Godwin Obaseki victorious, the Court of Appeal has set up an election petition tribunal for the Edo State governorship election matters.

This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, September 22, by the tribunal’s secretary, Sunday Martins. iReporter also gathered that the panel was instituted by the Appeal Court President, Justice Monica Dongban-Menem.

“The general public is hereby put on notice that the Honourable President of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria Hon. Justice M. B Dongban Mensem has established the election petition tribunal secretariat and accordingly constituted a panel in respect of the governorship election conducted in Edo State.

“The Honorable Chief Judge of the StateHon. Justice E. A. Edigin has graciously approved the use of High Court Complex (Election Petition Court Hall), Sapele Road, Benin City for the tribunal exercise.

Edo Election: Appeal court institutes tribunal to deliberate suits

“The secretariat is now open,” the statement read.

The Edo State governorship election conducted last Saturday was won by incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, are yet to congratulate the governor, a development that suggests they may head to the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the poll.

It is possible other political parties that participated in that election may also be heading to the tribunal over one reason or the other.

Meanwhile, political analysts have raised concerns over the alleged vote-buying by desperate politicians; this issue was reported by various news media in the recently-concluded Edo elections.

A coalition of over 70 human rights organizations, under the aegis of Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room; raised the alarm on Monday, September 21, revealing that politicians were increasingly investing money in vote-buying.

It, however, added that some of the electorates were eager to sell their votes. This issue of vote-buying was contained in a statement issued by its Co-convener of the NCCSR and Executive Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Clement Nwankwo also.

Nwankwo described the trend as a threat to the electoral system. Nwankwo said, “The menace of vote-buying, which includes buying as well as selling; appears to be deepening in Nigeria’s elections.

“Politicians are increasingly investing money to buy votes; with voters appearing to be willing to sell their votes.

“In the Edo State election, this practice was widespread; with all of the major political parties engaging in this infringement.”



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