…Constitutes Three-Member Panel
The Court of Appeal President, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, has set up a Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Secretariat in Edo State for the just concluded September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election.
Justice Dongban-Mensem also instituted a three-member panel of Justices to entertain petitions by parties and candidates who are aggrieved with the outcome of the governorship election held in the state last Saturday, September 19, 2020.
This was made known in a statement issued by the Secretary to the Tribunal, Mr. Sunday Martins.
Sunday in the statement disclosed that the High Court Complex (Election Petition Court Hall), Sapele Road, Benin City, would be used for the hearing of the cases.
“The general public is hereby put on notice that the Honourable President of Court of Appeal of Nigeria Hon. Justice has established the Election Petition Tribunal Secretariat and accordingly constituted a Panel in respect of the Governorship Election conducted in Edo State.
“The Honorable Chief Judge of the State Hon. Justice B. A. Edig’m has graciously approved the use of High Court Complex (Election Petition Court Hall), Sapele Road, Benin City for the Tribunal Exercise.
The Secretariat is now open”, the statement reads.
AbelNews recalled that 14 political parties presented candidates that contested the Edo State governorship election that was won by the incumbent governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP),who polled 307, 955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress(APC) who polled 223,619 votes.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had announced the results through the Edo State Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh.