Edo Election Tribunal: Obaseki To Present Subpoenaed Witnesses

Edo Governorship Election Tribunal Adjourns Till December 12
Edo State Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Benin City the Edo state capital, has granted Governor Godwin Obaseki leave to present subpoenaed witnesses in his defense to the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu challenging his election as Governor of Edo state.

Justice Ahmed Badamosi, while presenting his ruling at the resumed hearing of the defense to the petition on Saturday, ruled against the argument of the counsel to the PDP and its candidate that presenting subpoenaed witnesses amounts to amending the defense of the defendants mid-way into their case.

It is the third day of the sitting since Governor Obaseki opened his defense at the Edo state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Benin City the Edo state capital.

At the resumed hearing the counsel to the PDP made an application to the effect that Mr Obaseki should not present subpoenaed witnesses as that would amount to the respondent changing its defense to a petition midway into the case.

The counsel of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress APC and Mr Obaseki, however argued that there is no law that prevents the second respondent from applying for anybody to be subpoenaed.

After arguing for over one hour, the tribunal took a 30-minute break and returned with a ruling that the testimonies of the subpoenaed witnesses be taken.

The testimonies of two witnesses who affirmed that accreditation and voting were done simultaneously were then taken.

Counsel to the PDP said “we were trying to prove that if you were not accredited as a voter you cannot vote and if you vote without accreditation, well it means that it is not proper under our electoral jurisprudence.

“The witness said in some cases they ticked only once, in some cases twice, in some cases none at all. And that is what we are saying. Our contention in this petition is provided in our petition before the tribunal”.

Meanwhile, counsel to the APC, Ken Mozia said: “the intention all along was for the witness to testify in opposition to the petitioner and in presentation of the case of the second respondent and that’s what the witness did and you can see that there was really no serious attempt at discrediting him under cross examination. To that extent we are very pleased with the performance of our witnesses.”

Subsequently, the tribunal adjourned sitting to February 27, 2017.

Edo Governorship Election Tribunal Adjourns Till December 12

Edo Governorship Election Tribunal Adjourns Till December 12
Edo State Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo state 2016 governorship election tribunal sitting in Benin City, the state capital has again adjourned till December 12, to commence pre-trial.

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his party, challenged the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Mr Ize-Iyamu had rejected the results declared by the electoral umpire, as he alleged that voters were induced and that the state government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.

Meanwhile, the tribunal had ordered the petitioners to file their application and serve the respondents by December 3, while the respondents were also expected to respond by December 5.

Before adjourning the case however, the tribunal insisted that its earlier order regarding the inspection of materials used for the election must be obeyed.

Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), had announced Godwin Obaseki as winner of the Edo state governorship election.

The APC supporters took to the major streets of Benin City, to celebrate their party’s victory, after what they described as free, fair and credible polls.

 

Obaseki Receives Certificate Of Return

INEC, Obaseki
Edo State Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented a certificate of return to the Edo state governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki following his victory in the Edo state governorship election.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the headquarters of the commission in Benin City, the Edo state capital, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Sam Olumekun, advised the Governor-elect to put the interest of the people first during his tenure.

Godwin Obaseki in his response said that his victory is proof that professionalism also pays in politics pledging to deepen democracy and build a people-oriented economy within the next four years.

Mr Godwin Obaseki emerged winner of the Edo State governorship election which held on Wednesday, September 28 after polling a total of 319,483 votes while his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.

The joy of his supporters knew no bounds as they took to the major streets of Benin City, the state’s capital to celebrate their party’s victory in what was described as a free and fair election.

This is was in spite of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu rejecting the results announced by INEC, alleging that voters were induced and that the state government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.

WATCH VIDEO: PDP Candidate Rejects Edo Election Results

Both parties have since then been trading words over the fairness of the Edo election, with the ruling party insisting that it won the election fairly, having earned the victory through several achievements in the state in the past eight years.

The APC in Edo state has also described the PDP as “bad losers” for questioning the authenticity of the results announced by INEC.

Meanwhile, the national leadership of

PDP Candidate, Osagie-Ize-Iyamu
PDP Candidate, Osagie-Ize-Iyamu

the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has joined the Edo State chapter to reject the results of the governorship election and has vowed to reclaim what it called its “stolen mandate”.

“We did not lose the Gubernatorial Election in Edo State. We can therefore not be described as “bad losers” according to the APC State Chairman in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua. We were robbed by very shameless election riggers.

“We fully support the Edo Chapter of the PDP in the total rejection of the election results. We also fully endorse their determination to employ all legitimate means to reclaim their stolen mandate,” the party said.Obaseki

The national leadership of the APC are not deterred by the PDP’s threat as congratulatory messages continued to pour in for the Edo governor-elect.

Among them are messages from the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and President Muhammadu Buhari, whose words particularly were singled out for condemnation by the PDP.

Job Creation

Mr Godwin Obaseki has also appeared only bothered about fulfilling “the key promise of his administration” which is job creation.

Speaking on Channels Television’s News At 10 few hours after INEC declared him winner of the Edo election, Obaseki said that creating an enabling environment for employment to thrive, through vocational training and skill acquisition programmes, is his immediate priority.

He explained that his approach would be first to document the available unemployment data in the state to form the basis of the implementation of his plans.

“These will include short term vocational training, skill acquisition and other technical trainings we need to provide them.

“The key here is trying to get people back to work, creating opportunities for them to work,” he said.

Also top on the mind of Mr Obaseki is building infrastructure and reforming the educational system in the state.

He described his victory as humbling yet deserved because of the hard work of his party in the state over the years.

“We have worked very hard over the last eight years to re-establish governance in Edo state. So we had a lot to show to our people and we were able to convince them why we needed to continue with the development strides we started about eight years ago,” Mr Obseki said.

INEC Insists Edo Election Was Free And Fair

edo state, governoship elections, APC winsThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the September 28, 2016, Edo Governorship election was free and fair.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Solomon Soyebi, told Channels Television in Kaduna on Wednesday that the election was not flawed with irregularities as being alleged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

He also debunked claims by the PDP that the commission deliberately delayed result of the election from the 18 Local Government Councils in Edo state in order to favour the ruling APC in the state.

He further explained that INEC deployed an electronic device during the election that tracked the collation of results from the polling units up to the last collation centre, and therefore checkmated any form of rigging.

Mr Soyebi said that with the peaceful conduct of the Edo election, the Commission is determined to improve on the success during the November 26, 2016 Governorship election in Ondo state.

INEC has come under criticism by some aggrieved persons since last week Thursday when it announced the election that produced the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki as winner of the Edo state governorship election.

Edo APC, PDP Trade Words Over Post Election Protests

Edo Governorship Election, PDP, APC,The contention between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State over the seat of power seems to be far from over even with the conclusion of the 2016 governorship election in the state.

The two parties are again divided on the issue of protests over results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in favour of Godwin Obaseki of the APC.

After the collation of results from the 18 local government areas of Edo state in south-south Nigeria, Mr Obaseki polled a total of 319,483 votes while his closest rival from the PDP, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.

Before the declaration of the election result, the PDP and another opposition party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), raised concerns over the credibility of the election.

Voting in the election had ended early, with political parties expecting that collation of results at local government areas and subsequently at INEC Headquarters in Benin would begin early, but there were delays at the local government councils, resulting in a long wait by reporters at INEC’s office.

The PDP at that point claimed that INEC and the ruling APC were planning to rig the election at the collation centre.

APGA’s candidate, Osaro Onaiwu, on his part, called for a total cancellation of the election results, saying there were irregularities.

After the results were announced on Thursday, some supporters of the PDP held protests, claiming that the result of the election was manipulated.

The opposition party had expressed its readiness to go to the Tribunal to contest the result of the election.

The APC had dismissed the allegations, calling the PDP a ‘bad loser’.

Ajimobi Congratulates Obaseki, Says APC Will Not Disappoint

Abiola Ajimobi, youth, agricultureThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has assured the people of Edo State that the Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki, and “the All Progressives Congress family” will not betray the trust and confidence reposed in them through their mandate.

The Governor gave the assurance through his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, in a congratulatory message to Obaseki, in Ibadan, on Saturday.

Ajimobi applauded the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, for entrusting the fate of the people of the state in the hands of Obaseki, whom he described as a worthy successor, capable of keeping up the momentum.

He thanked the people of Edo State for their resolve to keep faith with the APC, a development he attributed to the people’s appreciation of the massive socio-economic transformation the state had witnessed in the last eight years.

Ajimobi said: “The outcome of the keenly-contested election is a further confirmation of the confidence which the people of the state have in the APC as well as the present administration under the pragmatic leadership of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

“I must not fail to commend the APC campaign train in Edo State and the national campaign council chaired by my brother, Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State for a well-articulated and well-coordinated campaign that took them to the nooks and crannies of the state.

“I’m confident that the incoming governor will not betray the confidence the people reposed in him by giving him their mandate, given his impeccable antecedents as a good manager of men and resources.”

The Governor assured the people that Obaseki would build on the monumental achievements so far recorded by Oshiomhole through his people-oriented programmes, which had endeared him to the generality of the people of the state.

Ajimobi also called for continued support of the people for the APC-led Federal Government in its determination to take the country out of its present economic doldrums, stressing that they would have cause to smile when the efforts began to yield fruits.

Edo Election: PDP Vows To Reclaim ‘Stolen Mandate’

Edo Election, PDP, APC, Godwin Obaseki, stolen mandateThe national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has joined the Edo State chapter to reject the results of the governorship election held on Wednesday, September 30 in which APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki emerged winner.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the party aligned with its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s allegation that the election was flawed and that the PDP was robbed of the victory it deserved.

The PDP candidate alleged inducement of voters and collaboration of INEC and the state government to doctor the results in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

WATCH VIDEO: PDP Candidate Rejects Edo Election Results

The statement also berated President Buhari’s congratulatory message to Godwin Obaseki after his declaration by INEC as winner of the election. The message, according to PDP “has finally revealed his hand in the Edo Guber Election imbroglio”.

“We note with sadness that he (Buhari) had never extended similar congratulatory messages or goodwill to PDP candidates who were victorious in various elections since he assumed office.

“In Bayelsa State where his party, with the support of security agencies virtually declared war on Governor Seriake Dickson and the people of Bayelsa, the President refused to congratulate the PDP candidate who, against all odds, managed to survive the APC onslaught.

“His aides claimed then that the President was not in the business of congratulating election winners. Why the sudden change of heart now if we may ask?

“The only plausible explanation is that the President was eager to confer legitimacy on an otherwise badly flawed election in which his party acted like Shina Rambo, the notorious Armed Robber. Only that this time they were robbing the people of their votes.

“The action of the President belies his statement that he belongs to nobody but belongs to everybody. The President has shown where he belongs. We recall that President Jonathan dutifully never failed to congratulate opposition candidates who won elections during his tenure including Adams Oshiomhole. That is what is expected of a statesman.

Bad Losers

The party also reacted to the Edo APC Chairman, Anselm Ojezua’s post-election interview where he referred to the PDP as bad losers for questioning the authenticity of the results announced by INEC.

Mr Ojezua noted that the entire process of the Edo election had been described as peaceful, adding that the rejection of the election results by the PDP was “an act of a bad loser”.

“We did not lose the Gubernatorial Election in Edo State. We can therefore not be described as “bad losers” according to the APC State Chairman in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua. We were robbed by very shameless election riggers.

“We fully support the Edo Chapter of the PDP in the total rejection of the election results. We also fully endorse their determination to employ all legitimate means to reclaim their stolen mandate,” the party said.

Democracy In Danger

The PDP went further to warn that Nigeria’s democracy was “in grave danger”.

“Since the advent of this administration, no election has been free and fair. We go for elections as if we are going to war; and virtually all elections conducted by INEC have been either inconclusive or blatantly rigged.

“Today Rivers State has no representation in the National Assembly. No thanks to the powers that be.

“If we do not collectively rise to resist this anti people onslaught we might as well say bye bye to democracy,” the PDP stated.

 

Key Promise Of My Administration Is Job Creation- Obaseki

Key promise, Obaseki, Job creationWinner of the Edo State governorship election, Mr Godwin Obaseki, says that “the key promise of his administration is job creation”.

He made the promise on Channels Television’s News At 10 on Thursday, few hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him winner of the Edo election.

Restating his commitment to fulfilling his campaign promises, Mr Obaseki said creating an enabling environment for employment to thrive, through vocational training and skill acquisition programs, is his immediate priority.

He explained that his approach would be first to document the available unemployment data in the state to form the basis of the implementation of his plans.

“These will include short term vocational training, skill acquisition and other technical trainings we need to provide them.

“The key here is trying to get people back to work, creating opportunities for them to work,” he said.

Also top on the mind of Mr Obaseki is building infrastructure and reforming the educational system in the state.

The Edo State governor-elect, has described his victory in the Edo state governorship election as humbling yet deserved because of the hard work of his party in the state over the years.

“We have worked very hard over the last eight years to re-establish governance in Edo state. So we had a lot to show to our people and we were able to convince them why we needed to continue with the development strides we started about eight years ago,” Mr Obseki said.

Ability To Raise Money

Nigerians have wondered how the state would generate the resources to execute the promises of the APC candidate, considering the current economic crisis the country is battling.

But Mr Obaseki, whose background is Investment Banking, was of the view that the money needed to create the bulk of the jobs required in Nigeria exists.

“It doesn’t take rocket science if you have the experience and the knowledge to do this,” he said, reeling out his pedigree in the financial system and expressing confidence in his ability to raise money for Edo state irrespective of expectations from the federal government.

“What people don’t realise is that today we earn about 25 billion from taxes alone outside of what we get from Abuja and the budget support we get from the World Bank, other multinational agencies and all other creative financing we can put in place.

“As long as you are efficient and you are honest about the way you spend public money, you will be able to find the money to do the critical things you need to do. It is about prioritization,” he said.

INEC declared Mr Godwin Obaseki winner of the Edo State governorship election which held on Wednesday, September 28.

After the collation of results from the 18 local government areas, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate polled a total of 319,483 votes while his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.

#EdoElection: Saraki Congratulates Obaseki

Bukola Saraki, Rashidi YekiniSenate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the Governor-elect of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on his victory in Wednesday’s governorship election.

Senator Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described Obaseki’s success as “well deserved and expected by those who have keenly followed the electioneering campaigns in the state in the last few months”.

He also congratulated Governor Oshiomhole who has led Edo State in the last seven and a half years and “has led a vigorous campaign to sustain the APC legacy in Edo State”.

Senator Saraki also lauded the people of Edo State for the massive turnout, the peaceful manner in which the election went and for voting for the APC candidate.

He also praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for “the good arrangement it put in place to ensure a free, fair and peaceful election” while also applauding the performance of all the security agencies.

APC Supporters Celebrate Obaseki’s Victory In Edo Polls

APC, Godwin Obaseki, Edo governorship electionThe joy of supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State knows no bounds as Mr Godwin Obaseki emerged the governor-elect of the state.

The APC supporters on Thursday, took to the major streets of Benin City, the state’s capital to celebrate their party’s victory.

They have also described the polls as free, fair and credible.

APC leaders in the state, however, advised the supporters to adhere to the rule of law.

They urged them to celebrate with caution to avoid a faceoff with rivals from other parties.

INEC had on Thursday declared Mr Obaseki winner of the governorship polls, having polled 319,483 votes.

His closest rival, who is also the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu scored 253,173 votes.

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr Osaro Onaiwu, scored 876 while his Labour Party counterpart, Mr Amos Areloegbe polled 182 votes.

“Bad Loser”

Mr Ize-Iyamu has rejected the results declared by the electoral umpire.

He alleged that voters were induced and that the state government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.

In his reaction, the APC Chairman in Edo State, Mr Anselm Ojezua, described the rejection of the election results by the PDP as “an act of a bad loser”.

Mr Ojezua insisted that the entire process of the election has been described as peaceful.

Edo Governorship Election: APC Calls PDP ‘Bad Losers’

Edo Governorship Election, PDP, APC,As INEC wrapped up the Edo State governorship election on Thursday, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as bad losers.

The APC Chairman in the state, Mr Anselm Ojezua, made the pronouncement while commenting on PDP’s reaction to the emergence of his party’s candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki, as the winner of the election.

Mr Ojezua noted that the entire process of the election has been described as peaceful, adding that the rejection of the election results by the PDP was “an act of a bad loser”.

Obaseki Wins

INEC’s Chief Returning Officer, Professor Kayode Soremekun on Thursday declared Mr Obaseki winner of the governorship polls.

INEC, Obaseki
Edo State Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki

Declaring the final results at the INEC Headquarters in Benin City, Professor Soremekun said that Obaseki scored 319,483 votes to beat his closest rival and the PDP candidate, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu who polled 253,173 votes.

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr Osaro Onaiwu, scored 876 while his Labour Party counterpart, Mr Amos Areloegbe polled 182 votes.

Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu
Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu

PDP’s Ize-Iyamu has, however, rejected the results declared by the electoral umpire.

He alleged that the voters were induced and that the state government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.

 

Police Ban Public Rallies In Edo

Edo Election, Nasarawa, Police, Abubakar BelloThe Police in Edo state have announced the banning of all forms of procession, rallies or demonstrations in the state.

In a statement by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5 headquarters in Benin City, Mr Isaac Eke, the Police explained that they have information that some people are planning to carry out illegal processions and rallies.

The command therefore warned that it would deal decisively with anyone or group that engages in any activities capable of disturbing the peaceful atmosphere in the state.

The command asked members of the public to go about their businesses without fear as security agents are ready to ensure their protection.

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