Edo 2016 Election Tribunal Adjourns Till Dec. 7

Edo 2016 Election Tribunal Adjourns Till December 7The Edo state governorship election tribunal sitting in Benin City, the state capital has adjourned till December 7, to commence hearing on the separate applications by counsel to the petitioners and respondents in the case.

Meanwhile, the tribunal has ordered the petitioners to file their application and serve the respondents by Saturday, December 3, while the respondents are also expected to respond by Monday, December 5.

The petitioners are Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while the respondents include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

Edo Govt. Sets Up Transition Committee

Godwin Obaseki, Adams Oshiomhole, Edo, Transition CommitteeA 19-member Transition Committee has been set up by the Edo State Government to ensure a smooth handover from the Governor Adams Oshiomhole administration to the Godwin Obaseki administration.

The handover will hold on November 12.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Peter Okhiria, on Monday stated that the committee would be chaired by the Secretary to the Edo State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere.

Other members of the committee are: Mr Henry Idahagbon, Mr Osarodion Ogie, Mr John Inegbedion, Dr. Aihanuwa Eregie and Prince Joe Okojie.

Others are: Mr Igbinidu Inneh, Mr Joseph Eboigbe, Mr Taiwo Akerele, Senator Domingo Obende, Dr. Aisosa Amadasun, Reverend Emmanuel Egharevba, Elder Pius Omofuma, Mr Theo Okoh, Mr Ben Ogbebor, Mrs Magdalene Ogbebulu, Mrs Benedicta Attoh, Mr Osaze Ojo, and Mr Ahmed Mamudu.

The committee is being constituted in spite of the allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Edo governorship election was marred with irregularities.

The party and its governorship candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, had proceeded to the tribunal to challenge the results of the September 29 poll won by Mr Obaseki.

On the day of the election, the PDP claimed there was a plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and incumbent Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to rig the election at the collation centre.

In a swift response, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Solomon Soyebi, told Channels Television in Kaduna that the election was not flawed with irregularities as alleged.

He 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.

Edo Election: Tribunal Grants PDP Order To Fastrack Proceedings

PDP, Edo Election, APC, TribunalThe Edo Election Petition Tribunal has granted an ‘ex-parte motion’ filed by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The tribunal granted the motion on Wednesday in Benin City, the Edo State capital for the use of substitute service for respondents, Mr Godwin Obaseki and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Counsel to the petitioner, Kingsley Obamogie, said the order was necessary to fast track proceedings, claiming that the APC was trying to frustrate the entire court process.

The APC Publicity Secretary in Edo State, Godwin Erahon, however, denied any wrongdoing by his party.

The court motion follows the victory of Mr Obaseki in the September 29 Edo State governorship election in south-south Nigeria.

But on the day of the election, the PDP had claimed there was a plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and incumbent Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to rig the election at the collation centre.

In a swift response, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Solomon Soyebi, told Channels Television in Kaduna that the election was not flawed with irregularities as alleged.

He 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.

After INEC had declared Obaseki as the Edo State Governor-elect, the PDP and its candidate proceeded to the tribunal to challenge the results of the poll.

PDP National Caucus Rejects Edo Governorship Election Outcome

PDP, INEC, Police, DSS, CourtThe Peoples Democratic Party rejected the outcome of the Edo State governorship election describing the process as a charade.

The opposition party made the statement at an enlarged National Caucus meeting held on Wednesday evening at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja and presided over by the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi.

A statement by a spokesman for the party, Chinwe Nnorom, said that the meeting was well attended with the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jubrin, Principal Officers of the National Assembly, Governors of Ondo, Taraba, Bayelsa, Gombe, other members of the National Caretaker Committee, National Vice Chairmen, former Governors, former Ministers, other members of BoT and other members of the National Executive Committee (NEC).

The Meeting was held to allow members brief the National Caucus on the status of the Party and the ongoing reconciliation process.

Daylight Robbery

Mr Nnorom said: “The National Caucus frowned at the brazen display of avarice and desperation against the Edo electorates and democracy on September 28 and 29, 2016 by the ruling APC in collaboration with INEC and security agencies all in the name of Governorship Election.

“Consequently, the Meeting unanimously rejected the outcome of the charade that took place in Edo State”.

The National Caucus further called on all members of the party nationwide and in Edo State in particular to remain calm and resilient in the face of “this daylight robbery of their mandate to our Candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. We believe that justice will be served”.

While the PDP has continued to put forward allegations of malpractices in the election, the INEC has dismissed its claims, saying that the election was free and fair and was conducted based on the stipulations of the Electoral Act.

Before the announcement of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC),  Mr Godwin Obaseki, as the winner of the election, the PDP had accused the INEC of collaborating with the ruling APC to rig the election at the collation centre.