5 candidates drag Obaseki to election tribunal, bailiff can’t find him

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Five political parties and their candidates, have dragged Godwin Obaseki, the re-elected governor of Edo state to the Election Tribunal, challenging his declaration as the winner of the 19 September poll.

But for now, the bailiff has not been able to personally serve Obaseki with the petitions.

The Secretary of the tribunal, Mr Sunday Martins, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Monday.

Martin’s said that the 21-day window period for the submission of petitions ended on Saturday.

He said that the governor “must be served personally because it is an originating process”.

The political parties are the Action Peoples Party (APP), Action Alliance (AA), Allied Peoples’ Movement APM, the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NPP and the Action Democratic Party (ADP).

The candidates are: Mr Ukonga Frank of APM, Mr. Agol Ebun, NPP and Iboi Emmanuel ADP.

Others are Amos Osalumese Areloegbe of the APP and Obhafuoso Paul of the Action Alliance.

All the petitioners joined Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as respondents.

The petition by ADP and its candidate had the governor, PDP, INEC and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress as defendants.

Candidates of APP and AA are challenging their unlawful exclusion from the ballot papers by INEC, after having been validly-nominated by their parties, in line with the Electoral Act.

They were praying the tribunal to nullify the election and order a fresh poll to be conducted within 90 days.

They demanded that validly-nominated candidates should be included in the new ballot papers.

Candidates of APM and NNPP were challenging the validity of Forms EC9 and CF001, reportedly submitted by Obaseki in respect of the 2020 and 2016 governorship polls in the state.

Also, ADP and Emmanuel were asking the tribunal to look at the list of Vice Chancellors (VC) of the University of Ibadan (UI), from 1947 to date, E-newspaper publication that announced the death of Prof. Tekena Tamuno, among other documents.

Emmanuel alleged in his petition that Tamuno, who was the VC of UI, from December 1975 till November 1979, could not have signed the certificate Obaseki allegedly presented to the APC for screening.

He also alleged that the purported university degree, which Obaseki claimed was issued by UI, had no date on it.

The ADP candidate therefore argued that Obaseki was not qualified to run for the poll, adding that votes credited to him were null and void and of no effect and value.

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