Tribunal permits Obaseki to inspect electoral materials


The Edo State Election Petitions Tribunal in Benin on Wednesday granted a motion exparte to the All Progressives Congress and its candidate in the September 28 governorship poll, Godwin Obaseki, to inspect materials used in the conduct of the poll.

The decision of the tribunal led by Justice A. T. Badamasi, came 48 hours after it also granted a similar request to the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Tuesday.

The motion ex-parte of the APC was filed on October 12, 2016 and marked EPT/EDS/GOV/2M/2016.

The three-man panel granted the motion directing the Independent National Electoral Commission to allow the APC and Obaseki to inspect the election materials after hearing the argument from one of the counsel to the governor-elect, Femi Owootori.

The electoral umpire had on September 29 declared Obaseki the winner of the election, and returned him elected.

According to the INEC Presiding Officer, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, the governor-elect secured a total of 319,483 votes to defeat Ize-Iyamu, who polled 253,173 votes.



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