The Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, on Friday, dismissed the petition filed by the Action Alliance challenging the exclusion of the party and its candidate from the September 19 governorship election in Edo State in a unanimous ruling delivered by the tribunal.
Saturday PUNCH reports that at the sitting of the tribunal on Monday, counsel for Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Peoples Democratic Party said the petitioner had failed to file for issuance of pre-hearing notice, which is one of the conditions required by the Electoral Act 2010.
The tribunal, consequently, adjourned to Friday, December 11 (yesterday) for ruling.
Delivering the ruling, Justice Chukwudi Nwakwo, alongside the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Abdulrazak Abdulkareem, and the third judge, Justice Josephine Ayua, held that in the petition against the first and second respondents, the petitioners failed to file the pre-hearing notice.
As a result, he ruled that the petitioners were deemed to have abandoned the petition and, thereafter, dismissed the suit.
The petition is one of five filed by various individuals and their political parties at the tribunal in their bid to nullify Obaseki’s victory at the poll.
Others include the petition of the Action Democratic Party and its governorship candidate, Emmanuel Iboi, against the Independent National Electoral Commission, the PDP, Obaseki, the All Progressives Congress, and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu; and the petition of the Allied Peoples’ Movement against INEC, PDP, Obaseki, and his deputy, Philip Shaibu.
The other two petitions are those of Agol Ebun Tracy against INEC, PDP and Obaseki; and the Action Peoples Party against Obaseki, PDP, and INEC.