The Appeal Court sitting in Benin city has upheld the judgement of Edo election tribunal which affirmed the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki at the September 28 2016 governorship election in the state.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had urged the Appeal court to set aside the tribunal judgement of the 16th of April 2017.
However, in a unanimous judgement read by one of the five justices on the panel, Justice Bola Yusuf, the court upheld that the PDP suit lacks merit and accordingly struck it out.
After the judgement, Governor Godwin Obaseki commended Edo people, noting that the truth can never be changed.
“No matter how they try, they cannot change the truth. I assure you that we will meet at the Supreme court, and this will be the same judgement. ”
Also speaking, former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomole was emphatic that the rigging machine has been dismantled for good.
“We are ready for them. But the truth, I must say is that the rigging machine is dismantled for good.”
Edo state chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih said the party will challenge the judgement at the Supreme court while counsel to Governor Obaseki, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) said the panel of justices deserved commendation, describing the judgement as a masterpiece.
“The tribunal gave judgement. The court of appeal has affirmed the decision of the tribunal. I’ll say that rather than vilify the tribunal, they deserve to be commended.”
Counsel to the PDP vowed that the party will head to the Supreme court.
“We are going to the Supreme court immediately, that’s why I’m waiting for a copy of the judgement. In fact, they should have given their reasons. But you find out that no reason was given. They just said it’s un-meritorious.”
On the 41 grounds of appeal brought for determination by the PDP, the court formulated 9 issues from them, further streamlined them to 2 issues which it used in determining its judgement.