Edo governorship election: PDP secures first court victory

The Edo State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Benin will allow the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to inspect all election materials used in the just concluded governorship election in the state.

The three-man panel of judges led by Justice A. T. Badamasi, granted the PDP and its candidate the motion to inspect the electoral materials.

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Other members of the panel are Justice E. A. Adesodun and Justice Khadi Usman.

INEC had declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Godwin Obaseki, the winner of the poll.

PDP’s legal counsel, Kingsley Obamogie, clarified that the application to assess election materials was in line with the Electoral Act.

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After studying the motion, the tribunal ordered INEC to make available all the electoral materials used for the poll.

It was gathered that the tribunal had yet to receive any petition from any of the other aggrieved political parties and their respective candidates.

According to the Electoral Act, the aggrieved parties and candidates have 21 days – from the day the election was held – to file their petitions.