The Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Monday affirmed the victory of 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 in Benin, unanimously dismissed all the petitions 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.
Reacting, the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, said the judgment reaffirmed the will of the people.