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Election tribunal dismisses petitions against Obaseki as immediate past commissioner for environment, Barr. Alex Oleije celebrate victory.

By Esezobor Ohimai, Benin

While receiving Party faithfuls in his hometown, Eme-Ora in Owan West L.G.A of Edo State.

The immediate past commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Barr. Oleije Alex lauded the recent victory of Obaseki/Shaibu in the tribunal.

He further stated that the victory is for all the good people of Edo State both home and in the diaspora because they are passionate about his good governance and that he will deliver as he has promised.

A party faithful in ward 3 Mr Paul who spoke to our reporter stated that the immediate past commissioner from Ward 3, Owan West, Barr. Oleije Alex who is a grassroot political Wizard and a talk and do, proved beyond reasonable doubts that he is a convener, who comfortably defeated all the Self-acclaimed political bulldozers, tigers and Lions in the local government.

Barr. Oleije concluded that Obaseki/Shaibu led administration should be supported and prayed for, so that Edo State can move to greater heights for the benefit of all.

The Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Monday affirmed the victory of the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, in the September 19, 2020 governorship poll in the state by dismissing of all petitions filed against him and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

Five political parties had filed petitions against the declaration of Obaseki as the winner of the election.

But the Justice Yunusa Musa-led three-man tribunal, while‎ delivering judgment on the petitions in Benin, unanimously dismissed all the petitions filed by the aggrieved parties for lack of merit.

The tribunal held that the petitioners could not substantiate their respective claims and awarded the sum of N200,000 each to the Independent National Electoral Commission, Obaseki, Philip Shaibu against one of the petitioners, Allied Peoples Movement.

“The petitioners have a duty to prove their allegations beyond reasonable doubts. There is no evidence of testimony that established the certificate is forged. The witnesses called never visited the school to confirm the genuineness of the certificate,” the tribunal stated.

The petitioners included the Action Democratic Party, Action Peoples Party, Action Alliance and the APM.

The candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Agol Tracy, failed to join her party in her petition.

They predicated their cases on the basis of controversial degree result submitted alongside nomination and expression of interest forms to INEC by the governor for the purpose of the election, and claims of unlawful exclusion from the poll.

Reacting shortly after the judgment, the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, said the judgment reaffirmed the will of the people.

He added that the people of the state should expect more of development now that the case is over.

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